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Researcher Development Team


Gráinne Barkess - Leader of Researcher Development


Research is a demanding but rewarding job, and Grainne can help you get the most out of your research career.


Having joined Edinburgh Napier in 2011, Grainne’s role as the University Researcher Developer is to help you develop both your current research skills and projects, as well as support you to develop plans for your future career.


To help you develop your research career Grainne runs lots of courses and events for research students, early career researchers and research supervisors. Grainne is also here to support you if you are completely new to research.


Edinburgh Napier’s courses are mapped against Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework, which can help you identify research areas that you might want to focus on or develop. She is really keen to hear what the research community requires for their own development and is always open to suggestions.


Contact: g.barkess@napier.ac.uk - ext 3341


Elaine Lambie - Research and Innovation Administrator


Elaine joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2012. A graduate of Northumbria University in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Research, she previously worked as a Research Assistant in Public Policy.


Elaine is the clerk for the Research and Integrity Committee and provides support and guidance on ethics and governance in research practice. Elaine also provides administrative support for

  • Researcher Development training and events
  • Central Funding Initiatives
  • Public Engagement
  • Research Integrity

Contact: e.lambie@napier.ac.uk - ext 6366


Dawn Smith - Public Engagement Officer

Dawn Smith - ext 3354 - dawn.smith@napier.ac.uk ​​​​