Phil Ward

Deputy Director of Research Services in Canterbury, United Kingdom

Phil Ward

Deputy Director of Research Services in Canterbury, United Kingdom

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I manage the Research Development Team at the University of Kent, which keeps an eye on the wider research landscape, helps academics identify the most appropriate funding schemes for them, and supports them in drafting successful applications.

In addition I look after the Research & Innovation Board, the Directors of Research Network, the Grants Factory, ECR Network and the annual Research Prizes competition.

More broadly I oversee communication within and beyond Research Services, including the Research Active newsletter, the website and fortnightly internal briefings. I also take the lead on interdisciplinary issues, including internal competitions for funding that limits the number of entrants from each university, as well as the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s discretionary funding.

My background

I have been working in research management for more than fifteen years. Before coming to Kent I worked for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, so have an understanding of and insight into research funding from both sides of the fence.

I continue to engage widely within the sector, including leading conference sessions at ARMA and EARMA, and workshops put on by individual universities such as Coventry (on impact) and Open (on interdisciplinarity). As part of this I write the Research Fundermentals blog, which has been the touchstone of background intelligence, insight and humour for the UK research community since 2009.

In recognition of this role it was awarded the ARMA Award for Technological Innovation and Application in 2016, and I was listed as one of the Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers by Jisc in 2015.

As well as this I have written for a range of outlets, including a monthly column for Research Professional’s Funding Insight, and guest articles such as those on the f1000 and Piirus blogs. I undertook a secondment as an editor for Research Professional between 2017-18, and continue to have close ties with them.

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    • University of Kent