Jose Beech

Job Title and Responsibilities

External Grants Manager - External Projects Team

I am the External Grants 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.

My role is to co-ordinate external bidding in key areas of research and enterprise within the faculties of Health / Science / Law. I support colleagues to access third stream income and encourage collaborative working. I am the secretary of the Assistive Living Working Group

Key funding responsibilities: COST, LIFE+, FP7 (Environment, Energy, Security, Health), CIP, EDULINK, BBSRC, ESRC

About Me

I have worked at Staffordshire University for four years.  Following my graduation I was employed in the Voluntary Sector managing a project funded by Neighbourhood Renewal, with a focus on awarding and monitoring grants for community and voluntary organisations within Stoke-on-Trent.  Within this role I wrote constitutions, led inaugural meetings and facilitated business planning.  I have always taken an interest in the regeneration of the local area, I volunteered for two years as a grants appraiser for a local AIDS Charity and in 2005 I participated in a Common Purpose Focus programme for North Staffordshire.  These experiences enabled me to widen my view on regeneration and make strategic networks with fellow colleagues from the public, private and third sector. 

Qualifications

BA Hons Business Administation Staffordshire University 1997

North Staffs Common Purpose Graduate - Focus Programme 2005

Prince 2 Practitioner

Masters in Business Administration - Postgraduate Certificate in Management (Merit) 2009 - MBA ongoing

Professional Memberships and Activities

Institute of Leadership Management

ARMA (association for research managers and administrators)

Expertise

I work with colleagues from the Faculties of Health, Sciences and Law at Staffordshire University to plan and prepare winning bids to external funding sources.  I am currently working on several successful EU projects including EDULINK / INTERREG and have also been integral to the planning and preparation of large projects responding to National funders E.g. Heritage Lottery/ Research Councils / NIHR.  I invite national funders /representatives to present to colleagues at the University and I manage the production of Policy/EU/Research newsletters for the team.  I have expertise in financial management of bids, project management and audit requirements.  I also liaise with internal colleagues on legal matters pertaining to contracting.  I attend various internal meetings within Faculties, including Research & Enterprise Committee in the Faculty of Sciences, Centre for Health Psychology meetings, IESR management meetings and ARC / Centre management meetings , Assistive Living working group etc.

Research Interests

I represent the External Project Team via ARC meetings:

IESR

CSHER

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

The objectives of Enterprise and Commercial Development are to increase the volume and value of Staffordshire University's external and commercial activities and to ensure that the University fulfils an active role in economic and regional development.

Contact

Jose Beech
Development Manager - Research & Funding
RBES - Research Services
Research, Business & Employability Services
Staffordshire University
0109 Trent Building
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 294149
e: j.a.beech@staffs.ac.uk