Emma Davies

Job Title and Responsibilities

External Projects Manager

I am the External Projects Manager for the External Projects Team in Enterprise and Commercial Development. Our team provides information to University staff on external funding, partners, and innovation activities. We work with researchers and academic staff to help diversify income for Staffordshire University. Our Research and Funding Blog contains information on funding opportunities and the activities of the team.

I have responsibility for leading the external projects team to identify and realise funding opportunities which make a significant impact on our income diversification programme, providing help and support to all University staff to develop and acquire new funding streams in line with Staffordshire University’s vision and corporate plan.  The University approval for electronic submission of bids for a number of key funding bodies sits within my team, working with colleagues in Faculty and Finance.  I am a member of the senior management team in Enterprise and Commercial Development.

About Me

I have been working at the University since 2002, and have been in this role now for 5 years.  I have previously worked in the Voluntary sector delivering regeneration funded projects and as a microbiologist in a hospital laboratory.  In my current post I specialise in a number of funds including ERDF, Interreg and FP7, representing the university on a number of working groups related to these funds (e.g. ERDF Priority 1 Working Group, EU RDI Group).  I lead on Enterprise and Commercial Development’s external bidding activity and have a particular interest in the University’s contribution to the regional enterprise and innovation agendas, participating in external groups such as the Birmingham Science City Stakeholder Engagement group, Southern Staffordshire Partnership Delivery Board and Staffordshire Sub Regional Group.


2:1 BSc (Hons) Medical Microbiology, Newcastle University, 2000

Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, Staffordshire University, 2009

PRINCE 2 Registered Practitioner, 2006

Professional Memberships and Activities

Chartered Institute of Management

Association for Research Managers and Administrators

Midlands European Liaison Officers Group

Association for University Research and Industry Links


Working across the University I have acquired a depth of expertise in bidding for and supporting bids to a broad range of funding bodies, including Research Councils, European Commission, AWM, Technology Strategy Board, Learning and Skills Council, HEFCE, British Academy, Royal Society and a variety of charities and trusts.  Electronic submission of bids from Staffordshire University are coordinated through the External Projects Team (e.g. JeS, eGAP, eGAP2 and Leverhulme Trust).  I also have experience in project management and post contract support for the contractual requirements of these funding streams.  I work with other research support organizations and the University legal help desk for contracting queries and negotiations.

Research Interests

Regeneration, European policy and HE

Current Teaching

Delivered sessions as part of the University Higher Education Leadership and Practice, Working in HE and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education awards.


Emma Davies
Head of Research & Funding
RBES - Research Services
Research, Business & Employability Services
Staffordshire University
U104 Trent Building
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1785 353513
e: e.j.davies@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @externalproject