Emma Davies

Head Of Research Environment And Dev'T

Research, Innovation and Impact Services

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.

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

Academic qualifications

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

Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, Staffordshire University, 2009

PRINCE 2 Registered Practitioner, 2006


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


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

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021