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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.


Dr Karen Clegg
Head of the Building Research and Innovation Capacity Team
01904 325712

Karen provides strategic direction for the Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC) Team provision at the University of York. Working to support the University's Research Strategy, BRIC co-ordinates and delivers training for postgraduate researchers, early career researchers, doctoral supervisors and Principal Investigators, and professional support staff aligned to research. Responsibilities include:

Karen has a PhD in Education, has published widely on assessment and is a trained coach and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Karen Clegg

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

Dr Francina Clayton
Researcher Development Officer 

Francina is a research development officer with responsibility for the design and delivery of training interventions for postgraduate researchers, postdocs and research staff. Before joining the BRIC team, Francina was a postdoctoral researcher in Psychology, during which time she became a Research Staff Liaison Officer where she liaised with and championed issues affecting researchers. She brings to her role a passion for supporting researchers through peer-led professional and career development.


Taryn Bell
Fellowship Coordinator

Taryn is the University's Fellowship Coordinator, with responsibility for coordinating support, training and community-building for Fellows and Departments. She is also the Secretariat for the Fellowship Coordination Committee. Before joining the BRIC Team, Taryn was a PhD researcher in the Department of Archaeology at York, and from this role brings experience in project management as well as training and supporting researchers. She is passionate about improving access to academia, and ensuring that early career researchers are able to make the most of their time at York.



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. 

Megan McLoughlin
Research Culture Coordinator


Megan is the University's Research Culture Coordinator. She helps to ensure the University's research culture is as collaborative, supportive and inclusive as possible. She is leading the creation of a Research Culture Action Plan in collaboration with the Research Culture Working Group. Before joining BRIC, Megan worked in research facilitation, grant writing and fundraising in academia and the cultural sector.


Stewart Barker
01904 325399

Stewart provides operational support to the BRIC team's activities and is responsible for communication and social media. Stewart serves as the first port of call for all enquiries from researchers and research support staff and is Secretariat for the Concordat Implementation Group. 

‌‌‌Stewart Barker