The Research Office

Research grants & awards

The Research Office provides a range of services to support colleagues seeking to secure research grants:

  • Information about research opportunities
  • Advice on grant application processes
  • Advice on costing and resources
  • Contracts and memoranda of understanding
  • Collaborative agreements
  • Bid preparation

Applications for awards are submitted to the office which then passes these to the Research Awards Panel. The office logs all applications and holds reports resulting from the research projects enabled by the awards.

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The team

The Research Office is responsible for facilitating research activity within the University, including being the point of contact for all aspects of research applications. We also communicates with funding bodies and other agencies on behalf of acedemics to clarify procedural issues, resolve problems and negotiate directly with funders where necessarily. The office is also the central point of contact for matters regarding european research.


The Research Office is led by our University Director of Research, Professor Andrew Edwards and supported by our Associate Dean of Research & Clinical Partnerships, Dr Tomasina Oh.


All initial PGR and general research enquiries should be made through Jennifer McAuley, Research Officer or via


Research bids and grants enquiries, including internal staff applications, should be made through Margret Head, Business & Research Finance Officer.


Research - Fellowships

All things PhD

The Research Office has been extensively involved with the PhD partnership agreement between Plymouth Marjon University and the University of Chichester. It manages PhD student activities, including responding to enquiries from prospective students, processing registrations, changes to status, upgrades, examinations and other administration. 

Our postgraduate research page provides information for potential and current postgradute research students.

Postgraduate Research

Preparing for REF 2021

The Research Office is coordinating the University‚Äôs REF submission in 2021, and will provide updates to colleagues throughout the process. Both open access and open data are mandatory and strongly encouraged respectively by the REF and many funding bodies.

Further information can be found within the Research Excellence page.

Research & Innovations Office - Knowledge exchange

Knowledge exchange

The University is committed to developing its engagement with regional and national enterprise. The Research Office is the University's instrument to achieve this through building relationships with business to encourage partnerships and growth through knowledge exchange.