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University of York Research Staff Liaison Officers (RSLOs)

The Research Staff Liaison Officer role was created in 2017 to provide a link between research staff (postdocs, researchers, fellows) and the central support teams. Role holders liaise with research staff, represent the research staff community and champion issues affecting research staff. They enable the ‘lived experience’ of researchers to cascade into institutional planning and implementation of the Concordat. In 2019 we have also recruited a Postgraduate Research Student Liaison Officer, Jamie Khoo, who will work with Mia, Noortje and Vijay to ensure the early career researcher perspective is fully represented in our professional development and support for researchers.  

Could you be a Research Staff Liaison Officer in 2020-21?

Please send an expression of interest briefly detailing what you would seek to do and achieve in the role (200 words max) to headed "RSLO 2020-2021" by 31st October 2020. See the video below of our 19/20 RSLOs from the York Researcher Conference 2020 - to learn a bit more about the role:

2019/20 RSLOs

Dr Noortje Uphoff

Noortje is a research fellow at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Her PhD in epidemiology at the University of York focussed on social determinants of health for children and mothers in the Born in Bradford cohort study. Noortje now works for the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders group. She conducts Cochrane systematic reviews of the literature, collaborating with authors from all over the world to synthesise evidence on treatment and prevention of common mental disorders, with a particular interest in global mental health and inequalities in mental health.

As a Research Staff Liaison Officer, she hopes to works with many researchers and support staff across the university to make sure that the voices of researchers, especially early career researchers, are heard. She will work to promote a healthy, supportive academic environment in which researchers can thrive.                                                                                                      

Dr Vijay Gc

Vijay is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Economics whose research involves economic analysis of public health interventions, and medical technologies for precision, personalised and person-centred healthcare. Before joining the University of York, he held positions within the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, and JSI Research & Training Institute Inc. in Nepal.

As a Research Staff Liaison Officer, Vijay aims to support fellow researchers to pursue excellence in research, help in creating a supportive research environment, and work together with RET Team to implement the new Concordat  and support the career development of researchers at the University of York.


Dr Mia Shandell

Mia is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biology investigating ion channels as diagnostic markers for cancer. Mia began her research career as an undergraduate in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006-2011) in Cambridge, MA, USA where she synthesized biosensors exploiting the fluorescence properties of carbon nanotubes. She completed her PhD in Pharmacology at Columbia University in New York, NY, USA in 2017 having developed a new fluorescence-based tool for studying cardiac sodium channel function. Mia is passionate about community building among researchers and improving researcher well-being. As a Research Staff Liaison Officer, Mia is excited to engage with and represent research staff in the Sciences and work together with the Research Excellence Training Team to support all University of York researchers in their career development. 

2018/19 RSLOs

Dr Francina Clayton

Dr Francina Clayton‌‌

Francina is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology exploring the development of spoken and written language, with a particular focus on the skills that underlie children’s reading and numeracy. Francina began her career in research at the University of York when she received a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship during her undergraduate degree in Psychology (2009-2012). This project used electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate potential neural markers of developmental dyslexia. While completing her PhD, Francina also received funding from the Experimental Psychology Society to spend a month as a Visiting Research Student in the Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience at the University of California San Francisco. During this visit Francina worked on a project identifying neurobiological patterns predicted by children’s reading behaviour. In addition to research, Francina is passionate about the provision of excellent teaching and supervision and in 2016 became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Namrata Ravichandra Ganneri

Namrata Ganneri‌‌

Namrata is a Commonwealth-Rutherford Fellow at the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) and the Department of History for twenty-three months (22 March 2018 to 21 February 2020). Her project entitled ‘India’s Smallpox Eradication Programme as a Global Roadmap’ closely examines the pilot programmes in the Indian state of Goa to offer a fuller picture of the global history and narrative of smallpox eradication. Namrata is on study leave from her position as Assistant Professor in History at S.N.D.T. College of Arts & S.C.B. College of Commerce and Science for Women, Mumbai where she has been employed since 2007. Her profile page, gives details about her research and other engagements.

The role's main responsibilities are to:

  • Facilitate communication and networking between research staff both within the Departments, across Faculties and the wider University community
  • Represent researchers from all Faculties and Departments on the Research Excellence training committee
  • Facilitate face to face shared practice opportunities for researchers to come together to discuss the issues facing them including the Research Staff conference
  • Contribute to the national review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  • Provide input to the implementation of the University’s Concordat Action Plan

Departments with Research Staff Associations

DepartmentGroup nameContact

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows

Katharina Dulias,

Maria Fontanals,


Post-doc Society

More information on Biology Post-Doc Society (PDF , 171kb)

Liz Rylott,
CRD Researchers' meeting

Sofia Dias,


James Comerford,

Computer Science   Simon Hickinbotham,
Education  Early Career Researchers Forum Pep Mateos Gonzalez,
Electronic Engineering Early Career Researchers Forum Richard Redpath,
Environment and Geography Early Career Researchers Forum Brett Sallach,
Health Sciences Contract Researchers' Forum Cynthia Iglesias,

Early Career Forum


Early Career Researchers Forum

Good Practice Example from the Department of Psychology (PDF , 144kb)

Katya Krieger-Redwood,