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Who to contact in the Research Excellence Training Team

The Research Excellence Training Team is based in the Ron Cooke Hub on Campus East.


Dr Karen Clegg
Head of the Research
Excellence Training Team
01904 325712

Karen provides strategic direction for the Research Excellence Training (RET) provision at the University of York. Working to support the University's Research Strategy, RET co-ordinates and delivers training for doctoral students, 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 researchers (postgraduate research students and research staff/postdocs). 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.

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Dr Lorna Warnock
Knowledge Exchange Training and Placement Officer
01904 325126


Lorna provides training in and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange. Lorna supports the two-way flow of ideas and people between the research environment, business and the wider community. Part of her role is to facilitate the development of collaborations and partnerships both inside and outside of academia and encompases the development and support of placement and mentoring opportunities.

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Dr Francina Clayton
Researcher Development Officer 

Francina is a research development officer with responsibility for the design and delivery of training interventions for researchers (postgraduate research students and research staff/postdocs). Before joining the RET 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.

Dr Annabel Jenkins
Fellowship Coordinator 

Annabel is the University's Fellowship Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the support, training and community-building for Fellows and Departments and is secretariat for the Fellowship Coordinating Committee. She has a diverse background, including work within interdisciplinary research projects, and experience in the engineering industry. Annabel divides her time with her role as Research Facilitator in the Department of Mathematics.

Stewart Barker
Research Excellence Training Team Administrator
01904 325399

Stewart provides operational support to the RET 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