John has worked in Higher Education management and administration for over 20 years. As the University's Executive Director of Research and Innovation Services, he has responsibility for an integrated portfolio covering strategy and policy, grant and contract funding, research assessment, researcher development, research governance and integrity, knowledge exchange, intellectual property and commercialisation.
He has strong interests in research policy, funding and assessment, and economic, social and community development.
Prior to joining Stirling John worked at the University of Manchester, where he was responsible for student recruitment, public relations, international relations and research support. He was a project manager for the 2004 merger between UMIST and Manchester and led the development of the new University Research Office following the merger. John’s earlier career was spent as the national manager of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, based at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and before that at the University of Aberdeen in a variety of roles.
John has worked extensively on higher education management and development projects in the UK and overseas, has a strong commitment to professional training and development, and is a regular conference and workshop presenter on research and enterprise policy, strategy, and business support for a wide range of organisations.
The Director of Research and Enterprise is responsible for the operation, management and strategic direction of the Research and Enterprise Office.