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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


Ali Stapley - Research and Innovation Administrator


Alisdair is currently covering for Elaine Lambie as a Research and Innovation Administrator. His main responsibilities are clerking the University Research Integrity Committee, administering University funding competitions, and administering research developer events.


Contact: A.Stapley@napier.ac.uk - ext 2269


Dawn Smith - Public Engagement Officer


Dawn’s role is to coordinate public engagement activity across the university, working with local partners to promote meaningful engagement with research.


Dawn joined Edinburgh Napier University in November 2015 to lead public engagement activity across the institution. Having worked with, and in, the higher education and third sectors for nearly ten years, she is passionate about supporting the partnership between communities and researchers. Dawn is a member of the ScotPEN organising committee and is involved in a number of projects in the public engagement sector.


Contact: dawn.smith@napier.ac.uk - ext 3354​​​​