Phil Ward

Deputy Director of Research Services in Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Phil Ward is both the Deputy Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, and Editor of Funding Insight at Research Professional on a secondment basis.

A gamekeeper turned poacher, he previously worked on the other side of the funding fence at the AHRC. He's still not sure, but on balance thinks it's better to get than to give.

He manages the funding team at Kent, which pro-actively supports academics in identifying and applying for research funding, and in developing the University's research policy and culture more broadly, including running the ECR Network and the award-winning Grants Factory programme.

He enjoys exploring the choppy, tempestuous seas of research funding and writes about his exploits on the Research Fundermentals blog and tweets as @frootle.

He is one of Jisc’s 50 most influential HE professionals using social media, and won an ARMA award for his blog.

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    • University of Kent