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Sarah Priston – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Sarah is the Head of Research Support at Bath Spa, working with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) to deliver our research strategy, and with colleagues across the university to support our research and enterprise activities.

Sarah represents Research & Enterprise on a variety of different committees and groups across the University, and works closely with colleagues in professional service departments as well as academic schools.

She is responsible for the operational delivery of our Research Excellence Framework submission (REF) and for the implementation of our Action Plan for the Knowledge Exchange Concordat, and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and our HR Excellence in Research Award.

She leads the Research Support office team, who are responsible for pre-award and post-award research grant administration, research integrity and ethics, knowledge exchange, research impact and the researcher development programme.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons), Zoology, Royal Holloway College University of London
  • MA, Business and Public Sector Strategies, Kingston University
  • PGCE, University of Bath

Professional memberships

  • Association of Research Managers and Administrators
  • Vitae - the Researcher Professional Development Network

Other external roles

  • External assessor for UK panel for the HR Excellence in Research Award
  • Member of the Universities Policy Engagement Network professional development committee

Areas of expertise

  • Research Governance and Strategy
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in research
  • Open Research policies and practice

Contact Sarah about

Anything involving the University's Research Strategy, including: 

  • the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and KE Concordat
  • the Researcher Development Programme
  • Research Ethics & Integrity
  • Research funding and resources
  • Processes and procedures relating to research and enterprise activities
  • Open Access to research and research data management

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