On the fifth day of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas, the VC sent to me
Five REF stars
Four closing calls
Three French exchanges
Two DVCs
and restructure of the university


News from Burston Central

This month’s highlight is a profile of five of our research stars. Now of course, we don’t get individual reports on our ‘REFfable’ researchers but we do know who ‘got submitted’, as we say, and here are some great examples of our five ‘five-star’ people!  These stories will give everyone something to aspire to.

We were lucky enough to recruit Professor Janice Goldman from a very large school of occupational therapy in August 2013, and she brought with her a fantastic collection of publications and grants acquired over the previous five years. Janice was looking to return to the region after a long period away and says she’s relished the opportunity to get back in touch with her roots and share some of her vast experience with researchers at Burston Central. Sadly for us, but happily for her, Janice is planning to retire before REF 2020 but we know she’ll leave a legacy of best practice and fabulous ideas for the future. Thanks, Janice!

Modern historian Professor Nigel Trewell is one of our rising stars. Elevated to a personal chair in 2013, his take on the liminal spaces between sociology, politics, and modern history is fresh, spiky, and truly ground-breaking. It was a challenge to know which REF panel to submit Nigel’s work to! When he’s not got his head buried in a printed artefact of some kind, because of course modern history transcends the traditional book format, Nigel also does a bit of modelling, and has even appeared as an extra in popular TV programmes such as The Bill and Casualty. What a star! We’d also like to congratulate Nigel on his recent engagement to eminent historian Carly Romero, from Burston University, who coincidentally chaired the Modern History sub-panel. What a combination!

Jay Howard is a specialist in logistics, which is very much an up-and-coming area in the Business area of the Research Excellence Framework. Jay worked for many years for Burston City Council before joining Burston Central to strengthen the strategic management team. At the Council, he was responsible for co-ordinating environmental collections – a huge organisational role. Jay has secured a series of large consultancy contracts for Burston Central, bringing his waste collection expertise to a wide range of local authorities and generally being the brains behind the binmen. We definitely call that impact!

Dr Ye Chen straddles the departments of Modern Foreign Languages and Economics with apparent ease. Whilst her research focus is firmly in the latter, as she studies the impact of Chinese investment in traditional British cultural industries such as football, she somehow finds time to teach Beginners’ Mandarin, allowing the Languages department to offer a full range of relevant subjects to our lucky students. Go Ye!

And of course we also have four-star home-grown talent in the form of Professor Chris Fletcher, our microbiology expert who’s made mould into one of our fastest growing products. Chris’ work has particular application in the community, and in fact he’s currently collaborating with logistics expert Jay Howard to look at ways of making environmental collections even safer, from a microbial point of view. Smelly work, but someone has to do it!


Note for journalists: If you would like to interview any of our five research stars, or for more information about Burston Central University and our directory of experts, please contact Justin Marks, University Press Officer.

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