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Who to contact in the Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC) Team

The BRIC Team is based in the Ron Cooke Hub on Campus East. Please send any general enquiries to

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Megan McLoughlin
Head of the Building Research and Innovation Capacity Team 01904 323154

Dr Francina Clayton
Researcher Development and Culture Manager

Francina leads the development and implementation of activities outlined in the Research Culture Action Plan and Researcher Development Concordat, with the aim of fostering a vibrant, supportive and inclusive environment for researchers at all career stages. Francina oversees members of the team responsible for supporting Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs), Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Fellows, and is currently developing a new programme to address the unique needs of mid-career and established researchers. Before joining the team, Francina was a postdoctoral researcher in Psychology, during which time she became a Research Staff Liaison Officer to advocate and champion issues affecting researchers.
Dr Dominika Butler
Researcher Development Officer 
01904 325124
Dominika is a research development officer with a responsibility for the design, delivery and evaluation of training interventions for postgraduate researchers, postdocs and research staff. Dominika has a PhD in cancer biology and with her experience as a Postdoctoral Researcher she brings a truly devoted and enthusiastic approach to supporting academic researchers’ development. ‌‌Dominika Butler

Researcher Development Officer

Role currently vacant

Fellowship Coordinator
Role currently vacant - please direct any urgent Fellowship queries to in the meantime  
Victoria Noble
Research Capacity Project Officer
Victoria is the Research Capacity Officer, with responsibility for conducting a needs gap analysis of all research training and provision across the University, in Doctoral Training Centres and Doctoral Training Programmes. Alongside her role in the BRIC team, Victoria is a PhD researcher in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, and so has a relevant experience of interacting with research provision at the University of York. She brings to the role a passion for supporting her fellow researchers in their continuing career development.
Stewart Barker
Administration and Communications Manager
01904 325399
Stewart provides operational and communications support to the BRIC team's activities and is responsible for the team's joint email and Twitter/X account. Stewart serves as the first port of call for all enquiries from researchers and research support staff, and supports the Fellowship Coordination Committee and Research Culture Working Group. Stewart holds a BSc in Biology and is passionate about Research Comms - running and supporting training in this area. ‌‌‌Stewart Barker