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Faculty Research and Impact Support Team

We provide high level support for academic research and impact activity, including PGR, by identifying and responding to opportunities, and working collaboratively with researchers to achieve their objectives. We provide advice based on previous experience, e.g. of funding applications and of the framework of internal and external policy surrounding this activity.

We work with research and finance teams within the Schools and with central departments, including Research Support OfficeBusiness Consultancy and Innovation, Research and Partnership DevelopmentResearch and Impact StrategyExternal Relations, the International Development Office, the PGR Student Team and the Liverpool Doctoral College, to facilitate and develop academic research and impact activity.

Our areas of responsibility are identified below and we are happy to discuss any aspect of research and impact with interested colleagues.

Nicky-SchofieldMrs Nicky Schofield
Head of Research Development & Delivery

Nicky supports the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Georgina Endfield, contributing to the development of institutional policies and procedures through membership of the Research and Impact Strategy Committee and development and delivery of the annual Faculty Research and Impact Plan to meet the ambitions set out in Strategy 2026. She coordinates the preparations for the Faculty's submission to external assessment exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework.

Nicky has oversight of the research support function for Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes a network professional services research support staff in the four constituent Schools within the Faculty (Arts, Histories, Languages and Cultures, Law and Social Justice and the Management School). She is the key point of contact for senior colleagues in Research Partnerships and Innovations Directorate as well as the faculties of Health and Life Sciences and Science and Engineering. 

  • Member of Research and Impact Strategy Committee (RISC)
  • Member of Faculty Management Team (FMT)
  • Member of Faculty Professional Services Management Team (FPSMT)
  • Professional Services Lead for the Heritage Theme
  • Secretary to Faculty Research and Impact Committee
  • Member of Humanities & Social Sciences Impact Forum
  • Chair of HSS Research Support Forum


maeva-4002Ms Maeva Zimmermann
Research Development Officer

Maeva leads on the delivery of activities that support the Faculty’s research income ambitions. Overseeing the Faculty’s growing income portfolio (ca £4m), this includes identifying and disseminating strategic funding opportunities, providing tailored support for strategic funding bids, design and coordination of Faculty peer review and selection processes, organising funding-related events, and providing research income management information via income performance reports.

As the key point of contact for Principle Investigators and Co-Investigators developing strategic funding bids in HSS, she coordinates support across central departments (such as the Research Partnerships and Development Team and the Research Support Office) and the School Research Support Teams.

Maeva supports researcher development activities through her coordination of the Faculty ECR Network (intranet link), staff training and induction events and development of digital resources (intranet link).

She also supports aspects of the Faculty’s REF submission and planning for future research assessment exercises.  


Nick-JonesMr Nick Jones
Digital Content Coordinator

Nick is responsible for raising the profile of Faculty’s Research. He does this by producing and maintaining digital content through multiple channels such as the  intranet and web pages, our regular newsletter and blogs which profile colleagues and opportunities within the Faculty, plus our social media presence (@livuniHSS) which we use for communicating opportunities, news, events and celebrating our successes.

Nick also works with the Faculty Research Theme Leads to ensure digital content is created, shared and updated about the themes and contributing research. Beyond this, Nick helps create content publicising the wider research activities and focusses across the Faculty, including research impact features and the ‘Tales From The Square’ podcasts. He also supports marketing and communications projects for a variety of colleagues and projects across the University.


Research & Impact Administrator (Role to be filled)

The administrator is responsible for providing administrative support for the Faculty Research & Impact Team. This includes managing our shared office inbox, supporting key Faculty Committees and Groups, helping with our Faculty programme of research events and supporting the Faculty Research Themes.
They also assists with the identification and dissemination of research funding opportunities across the Faculty.


chris-4001Dr Chris Williams
Research Impact Officer

Chris supports the development and promotion of impact across the Faculty, working to enhance our current recording and promotion of the outcomes of research, and to help embed the mechanisms for capturing and demonstrating impact as part of planning for future research/KE assessment, including supporting the development of future impact case studies.  Working with Research Policy and School leads as well as individual academics, he is producing materials and guidance to help ensure both staff and PGRs are able to benefit from KE and outreach opportunities, and to ensure impact activity is firmly embedded within policy and process.



Ms Cat Tully
Impact Administrator

Diana is currently covering  for Cat, who is away on maternity leave. Diana and Cat help to promote opportunities for non-academic impact to staff and postgraduate researchers within the Faculty, supporting the Faculty Impact Officer with the development of systems and mechanisms for capturing and demonstrating impact as part of planning for future research and knowledge exchange assessment. They take responsibility for the monitoring and update of key databases and resources, and takes a role in the creation of innovations and systems to better support research colleagues, and the monitoring and evaluation of our impact systems.


Dr Jacky Waldock / Dr Peta Bulmer
Impact Fellows

Jacky and Peta bring a wealth of specialist experience to the team in the evolution of the impact process, and in the direct support of impact case studies. Working with the Impact Officer, they help embed impact into research design, and with the planning of evaluation and methodology. They take specific responsibility for areas such as ECR Impact development and training, public engagement and education, and work with individual researchers and departments to enhance and support impact development.

  • Member of the Faculty Impact Forum

jwaldock@liverpool.ac.uk | peta.bulmer@liverpool.ac.uk

Hayley-4001Ms Hayley Meloy
NWSSDTP Manager / PGR Development Officer

Hayley is responsible for managing the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) across its four constituent Universities (Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester) and also oversees the Faculty’s involvement in the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).

In addition to her work with the DTPs, Hayley manages the Faculty PGR Team - and works closely with PGR support teams in Schools - to coordinate PGR development activities across the Faculty. Hayley also provides strategic support to the engage@liverpool methodological initiative.

  • Secretary to the Faculty PGR Committee
  • Secretary to the engage@liverpoolManagement Team Group
  • Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP Academic Management Committee and Strategy Board
  • Member of the AHRC NWCDTP Academic Management Committee
  • Member of the Methods North West Executive Committee


Mr Nathan Elsdon
PGR Administrator (Digital Communications)

Nathan is responsible for the communication of funding opportunities and events to PGR students in the Faculty via the fortnightly PGR bulletin and the HSS PGR Twitter account (@LivUniHSS_PGR), as well as maintaining the Faculty PGR web pages and Faculty PGR Training Catalogue.


julie-4001Dr Julie McColl
DTP Coordinator (Impact & Collaboration)

Julie is responsible for supporting existing - and cultivating new - collaborative opportunities for ESRC NWSSDTP students across the four DTP institutions, working with staff, PGRs and non-HEI partners. Julie also oversees support for DTP students in terms of impact training and careers support. Julie is responsible for ensuring NWSSDTP policies and processes are up-to-date, coordinating the administration of both the annual ESRC NWSSDTP and AHRC NWCDTP studentship competitions, and communicating events and opportunities to ESRC-funded students across the North West via the NWSSDTP Newsletter.

  • Minute Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP Academic Management Committee
  • Minute Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP Strategy Board
  • Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP TEKE Panel


sarah-4001Mrs Sarah Elsdon
DTP Administrator

Sarah is responsible for the administration of DTP student expense claims, additional funding competitions (i.e. Overseas Fieldwork, Internships and Overseas Institutional Visits) and NWSSDTP events. Sarah also provides administrative support for the annual ESRC NWSSDTP and AHRC NWCDTP studentship competitions, and helps maintain the NWSSDTP Twitter account (@NWSSDTP).

  • Minute Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP TEKE Panel


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