Description of job and tasks involved
Mary started her career in the academia as a technical researcher in the field of fisheries and food engineering. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to Thailand in 2003 to pursue her MSc and then worked as unit coordinator and project manager of Asia-wide projects funded by the Swedish International Development Agency, Asian Development Bank and the Canadian International Development Research Centre. Mary was based in Bangkok until 2010 and then relocated to the UK and worked as project administrator at Brunel University for two years prior to joining UCL in March 2012.
As the Research Coordinator at Institute for Global Health, Mary is responsible for the finance and administration of research grants (large collaborative grants, contracts, fellowships, small grants, PhD studentships) at IGH worth over £20M funded by the Wellcome Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Department for International Development, the European Commission and the UK Research Councils, other foundations and internal UCL grant schemes. Mary also assists the Institute Director in planning the expansion of research activities including scoping for funding opportunities for global health, human resource requirements especially focusing on soft funded research staff, and assessing financial commitments and requirements of research projects.
Mary is currently enrolled in the pioneering Certificate in Research Administration- a two-year professional qualification being administered by the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) to enhance her knowledge and expertise in research management in the context of the current UK higher education research funding landscape.
Mary currently coordinates that UCL Research Administrators Network and she is an active member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).
Go to http://researchcoordinatorblog.wordpress.com/ to read more about Mary's views on day to day higher education research management issues.
Experience in European research projects
FP7 projects - admin and finance
UCL is a public research university founded in 1826, the first ever university institution established in London and the first in England to be entirely secular - to admit women on equal terms as men and to admit students regardless of their religion. In 2012, UCL is one of the most successful UK universities at attracting funding, with an income of nearly £900 million. And also in that year, UCL received the 3rd highest allocation of Research Council UK funding and 3rd highest allocation of European Research Council starting grants. According to Times Higher Education’s annual analysis in of research council grant data, UCL won grants worth £135 million in 2012-13 at a success rate of 33 per cent by the number of applications which is £31 million more research funding than any other institution (Times Higher Education 2013).
One of the measures set out in the research strategy included an increased administrative support for the proposal application process, alongside structured programmes of advice and mentorship. Beyond its research core funding streams, UCL takes every opportunity to extend and diversify its funding portfolio. The university has set out policies to ensure regular, reliable and transparent reporting of appropriate research performance indicators, both quantitative and qualitative, at the departmental, faculty and institutional level, which is especially significant in the context of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Moreover, UCL has set ambitious but realistic performance targets and benchmark its research performance against competitors.