Deputy Director of Operations (Research)

University of Birmingham


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Dr Eliot Marston

Deputy Director of Operations (Research)


Working with the senior leaders at the University of Birmingham, Eliot plays a critical role in developing and shaping the environment for research delivery and researcher development in Life Sciences. He is incredibly fortunate to work with brilliant people within and beyond Birmingham who make this possible, particularly his team within the Medical & Dental Sciences Research Office. From driving innovative new approaches to researcher development and research culture; to exceptional postgraduate research support and clinical academic training platforms; to management of complex, challenging infrastructure programmes and project portfolios making a genuine difference to patients and communities locally and globally, in partnership with our terrific NHS colleagues.

His current role builds on several years leading institutional and regional strategic approaches to major collaborative programmes and funding opportunities in Life Sciences, which involved frequent horizon scanning and an active awareness of the funding and wider political, economic and social environment in order to identify and proactively manage opportunities, challenges and partnerships that could help inform and transform our research in ways which make a meaningful impact on people’s lives.

Eliot continues to work closely with academic and Professional Services leads to represent the University and its interests around Life Sciences to key external agencies (Government, funders; NHS, other universities, and key industry partners), helped by a fantastic network of contacts across these bodies. He is also proud of his continuing role to maximise the value of partnership working across the region, including Birmingham Health Partners as well as other NHS Trusts, West Midlands AHSN, our LEPs and Midlands Innovation/Engine, to ensure that these geographic partnerships are embedded in the delivery of the major strategic research programmes we continue to lead on a regional, national and global basis.

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Firoza Davies

Patient & Public Representative
East Midlands

Mr Colin Monckton

Director of Performance and Information
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rachel Caswell

Senior Healthcare Analyst
Midlands Analyst Network Lead Strategy Unit

Kathie McPeake

Macmillan Living with Cancer Programme Manager
NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board