Josephine Beech

Senior Research Developmt & Funding Mgr

Research, Innovation and Impact Services

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.

Professional memberships and activities

Institute of Leadership Management

ARMA (association for research managers and administrators)

Academic 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


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:



Enterprise and commercial interests

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.

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