Deans for Research Culture and Research Quality
Two major appointments have been announced for the Research and Innovation Service’s Senior Management Team.
Dr Cat Davies and Dr Amanda Bretman have been appointed
Dr Catherine (Cat) Davies and Dr Amanda Bretman have been appointed as Dean for Research Culture and Dean for Research Quality, respectively.
Both positions will report directly to Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation.
He said: “I am delighted to have appointed Cat and Amanda to these important roles.
“Their shared passion and drive will be crucial in helping us realise our vision of a values-driven University with a collaborative, diverse and inclusive environment that supports our staff throughout their careers to help them achieve their full potential”.
Both Dr Davies and Dr Bretman will start their roles at the beginning of August.
Dean for Research Culture
Dr Cat Davies (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies) will lead the development of a supportive, diverse, and ambitious research culture.
Dr Davies will work collaboratively with the Deans: EDI, Pro-Deans for Research, Pro-Deans International, senior Professional Services colleagues, and colleagues across the University.
She said: “I am delighted to be leading the University in developing and implementing its research culture strategy.
“It will be pivotal in ensuring Leeds is at the heart of the systematic reform needed to ensure that our research and innovation is sustainable for the current and next generation of researchers.”
She will play a key leadership role in developing and delivering initiatives to support and enhance the research culture of the University on a sustained basis.
Dean for Research Quality
Dr Amanda Bretman will be responsible for academic leadership to ensure that quality and standards are maintained across the research portfolio.
The role will see her work collaboratively with the Pro-Deans for Research, Pro-Deans International, senior Professional Services colleagues, and colleagues across the University.
Dr Bretman said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed to this role.
“It is critical that we use a strong evidence base to focus on quality rather than quantity in order to deliver on our new university strategy.
“This evidence will, in turn, inform our research and resourcing strategy, as well as guide staff development.”
She will play a key leadership role in developing and delivering initiatives to support and enhance the overall research profile of the University on a sustained basis.Posted in: University newsResearch and innovation