I am a research and communications professional, specialising in healthcare research consultancy, investigative science writing/editing and KE/impact assessment.
Current freelance work.
I undertake bespoke buy-side research and analysis of biotech / pharma technologies and emerging trends in the healthcare sector. My aim is to help challenge assumptions and inform discussion on longterm healthcare investments. I use a combination of deep dives into the underpinning scientific literature, critical analysis of investor reports and presentations, and my own expertise and extensive networks in the research and healthcare community.
I help individual research centres and institutional clients with their knowledge exchange and impact development and planning—particularly in the areas of life sciences, medicine and veterinary science. With significant past experience identifying, investigating and drafting impact case studies for REF2014, I can provide specialist support for horizon scanning across research portfolios, working one-on-one with research staff on personal impact planning, and more strategic planning and prospective case study outlines ahead of REF2021.
Grant development: I am providing support with background research and drafting for an £18m GCRF RCUK Hub proposal.
Impact horizon scanning & documentation: identifying research with potential impact, interviewing staff members and preparing reports in standardised formats for assessment. Clients: College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences; College of Science & Engineering; UofG Research Strategy & Innovation Office.
Individual staff impact planners: I have worked with core staff members to identify key stakeholder relationships, identify potential impacts and advise on how to integrate a pathway to impact into research strategy. Clients: Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine; MRC-UofG Centre for Virus Research
Workshops on developing a digital profile: I have helped individual researchers, research groups and research centres to consider how they promote themselves strategically in the digital/online space. Clients: College of Social Sciences; MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit; Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine.
I am also an Affiliate Researcher at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow.
In December 2012 I worked with Nobel Media AB as part of the small blog team covering the Nobel Week Dialogue: ‘The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society’, which took place in Stockholm the day before the Nobel Prizes.
During my time in research I was also a Royal Statistical Society media fellow, delivering workshops on understanding science and ‘number hygiene’ to media centres, national journalism training colleges and universities. [You can read more about this programme in this Guardian article by the former co-ordinator—or access the ‘StatsLife’ materials directly].
I have given many talks on scientific topics to lay audiences through the British Science Association and Humanist Society. I was also a winner of the Wellcome Trust-funded “I’m a Scientist, get me out of here!” schools outreach competition (Summer, 2011).