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Prof Nick Antonopoulos - Vice Principal of Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Nick joined Edinburgh Napier in January 2019 from the University of Derby, where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Research Professor in Cloud Computing.


He has more than 20 years of academic and leadership experience, with a very strong background in initiating, leading and delivering improvements at an institutional level.


Nick has an excellent international reputation in his field, evidenced by his papers, books, chairing of prestigious conferences, and his active leadership of broad reaching research partnerships nationally and internationally. He has an extensive network across government, commerce and industry.


The Deans of the Schools of Computing, Engineering & Built Environment and Health & Social Care report to Nick.


Norman Turner - Head of Research Funding and Services

Norman heads up Research Funding & Services, overseeing the Research, Innovation and Enterprise support activities, ensuring that it provides the aspirations for growth in volume, quality and value of Research, Innovation and Enterprise activities, as set out in the Strategy 2020. The office provides expert support for researchers across the full range of Research and Innovation activities.


Norman joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2008, initially as a Management Accountant and then as Head of Project Finance overseeing the accounting for all commercial, research and EU activities. Prior to joining the University, he worked as a Management Accountant at Communities Scotland, involved in the Scottish Government community ownership programme. Most recently, Norman worked at the Bank of Scotland as a Senior Accountant in the Corporate Finance and Planning department and was responsible for the West of Scotland Commercial and Real Estate business support. He went on to work in the Bank’s joint ventures department as a Senior Analyst.


Norman is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Contact: n.turner@napier.ac.uk - ext 6362


Professorial Leads

Key area Leader
Research Degrees Dr Calum Neill and Dr Janice McMillan (International)
Impact Professor Sean Smith
Research Leadership Professor Brian Williams
Research Integrity Dr Grainne Barkess
Public Engagement Vacant
Equality Vacant
Research Environment Professor Emma Hart

Theme Leaders

Theme Leader
Wellbeing Theme Professor Brian Williams
Information Society Theme Vacant
Sustainable Communities Theme Professor Mark Deakin

School Directors of Research

School Director
School of Arts & Creative Industries Professor Linda Dryden
The Business School Professor Alison McCleery and Dr Gerri Matthews Smith ​
School of Computing Professor Ben Paechter
School of Engineering & the Built Environment Dr John McDougall
School of Life, Sports & Social Sciences Dr Peter Barlow
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care Professor Thanos Karatzias