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Research Executive


The Research Executive team is led by Professor Caroline MeyerLink opens in a new window (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research) and consists of the following people:

Professor Caroline Meyer

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Caroline Meyer is responsible for academic leadership of the research portfolio and strategy at the University of Warwick. Caroline has been instrumental in supporting and maintaining Warwick’s research excellence. Caroline is responsible for the University’s refreshed Research Strategy. She is supported by a Research Executive team.


Jon Coaffee

Professor Jon Coaffee

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Research Impact, Governance and Ethics)

Professor, Politics & International Studies

Research Executive Portfolio:

  • Research Impact
  • Research Integrety, Governance and Ethics
  • Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities liaison

Other Remits:

  • Chair ofthe University Research Governance & Ethics Committee
  • Member of REF Executive Steering Group
  • Member of Research Committee
  • Member of Monash Warwick Alliance Steering Group
  • Member of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network
  • Director of the Midlands Graduate School (an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership)
  • Deputy Director (Partnerships) for the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme
  • United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) - Global Network of Experts on the Protection of Vulnerable Targets against Terrorist Attacks
  • Designated EU expert on Security and Resilience, Joint Research Centre/DG Home

    Tel: 024 765 73291

    Kerry Kirwan

    Professor Kerry Kirwan

    Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships)

    Professor, WMG

    Research Executive Portfolio:

    • Industry, Innovation and Impact
    • Knowledge Exchange Framework programme and Knowledge Exchange Concordat
    • Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for Research, including USA, Monash and Europe
    • European and UK funding strategy
    • ERA Leadership
    • SEM GC
    • Alan Turing Institute

    Other Remits:

    • Alan Turing Institute Board Trustee
    • Warwick Representative for Midland Innovation
    • Member of REF Executive Steering Group
    • Member of Research Committee
    • Member of Monash Warwick Alliance Steering Group
    • Member of Stratford Campus Investment Board

    Tel: 07775 534 348

    Professor David Leadley

    Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Infrastructure)

    Professor, Physics

    Research Executive Portfolio:

    • Research Infrastructure
    • Research Technology Platforms (RTPs)
    • Technician’s Commitment
    • Responsible Research & Innovation

    Other Remits:

    • Member of the REF Executive Steering Group
    • Member of Research Committee
    • STEM Grand Challenge Research Lead
    • CDT Steering Committee Chair

    Tel: 024 765 24114

    Sotaro Kita

    Professor Sotaro Kita

    Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Research (Research Culture)

    Professor, Psychology

    Research Executive Portfolio:

    • Research Culture
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    • International projects

    Other Remits:

    • Director of National Centre for Research Culture
    • Chair of Research Culture Forum
    • Member of Research Committee
    • Member of Race Equality Taskforce

    Tel: 024 765 28184


    Fabienne Peter

    Professor Fabienne Peter

    Academic Director for Research (Interdisciplinary Research, Research Communications, and Partnerships within the Arts and Social Sciences)

    Professor, Philosophy

    Research Executive Portfolio:

    • Interdisciplinary Research, including Sporlights
    • Research Communications
    • Partnerships within Arts and Social Sciences

    Other Remits:

    • Member of the Research Committee
    • Chair of the Spotlights Steering Group
    • Member of the Academic Staff Committee
    • Member of the Cultural Strategy Steering Group

    Tel: 024 765 75728

    Dr Navdeep Bains

    Director, Research & Impact Services

    Dr Navdeep Bains is the Director of Research & Impact Services. Navdeep works alongside Research Executive in the development and delivery of the University’s strategy for research and impact. Navdeep leads Research & Impact Services, which provides support to all research active staff in the areas of pre-award grants and contracts, research development, research impact, research integrity, ethics and governance, research policy and the REF.

    Tel: 024 765 50709

    Uma Egrot

    Senior PA (PVC Research) and Secretary of Research Executive

    • Uma provides PA support to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
    • She is the Secretary of Research Executive and supports the group with the co-ordination of meetings and administration

    Tel: 024 765 74463