Research Excellence

Network Aim: To explore and evaluate the depth and breadth of London’s research excellence in multiple fields; create a balanced picture of research in the capital; identify performance measures that reflect the full diversity of research activity; advocate and promote said excellence to various funders and stakeholders. This network seeks to build an appreciation among HE stakeholders of the strength of London as a centre of research excellence, to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for research in London; and support research in London.

Membership: DVCs of Research, Directors of Research, Heads of Research Policy


Prof. Carole-Anne Upton , Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Knowledge Exchange & Engagement, Middlesex University London.

Carole-Anne leads the School of Media and Performing Arts at Middlesex. She joined the University in 2012 as Dean and Professor of Theatre. Prior to joining the University she held the Chair in Drama at the University of Ulster and was previously a lecturer in Drama and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Hull.

Prof. Peter Griffiths , Director of Greenwich Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich.

Peter is a Formulation Chemist, who joined Greenwich in 2012 after 17 years at Cardiff University. Throughout this period, he has contributed significantly to the creation, development and management of a range of academic and research activities. Most recently, he oversaw a significant evolution of the professional services research support structures Greenwich, contributing to a significantly improved REF2021 performance. Currently serving as an interim PVC for the Faculty of Engineering and Science, he brings this wealth of experience to one of four Faculties at the University as it embeds an ambitious new strategy.

Executive Chair: Prof. Alan Thompson, Dean of Brain Sciences, and Pro Vice Provost (London), UCL.

Meeting Regularity: Termly

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Contact: Dr Sally Burtonshaw