Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Staff Profile

Alex Robson

Institute Administrator


Roles and Responsibilities

To provide a comprehensive professional support service to the Director of the Institute of Social Renewal and to the Theme Champions and Institute Ambassador, in order to meet the objectives of the Institute, Faculty and University and to support the University mission to be to be 'a world class civic university'.

I lead on the following Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal Themes:

  • Health, Inequality and Wellbeing

  • Knowledge, Evidence and Policy

  • People, Place and Community, Learning for Change

  • Martin Luther King Legacy

    Key areas of work include:

  • Member of the Institute for Social Renewal Management Board and supports the Institute for Social Renewal External Advisory Board

  • Represent the Institute and the University with external stakeholders, and act as key point for contact for enquiries from external actors

  • Responsible for the communications approach of the Institute including website, social media, Annual Review publication, and liaison with Press Office.

  • Member of the Newcastle University Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Impact Forum to champion the benefits of  research with impact, develop approaches and share good practice

  • Collation of resources on engaged research e.g. methodologies, workshops, peer reviewed publications

  • Oversight and project management of key Institute for Social Renewal strategic projects

  • Supervision of Institute annual budget, and funding call for academics with key focus on engaged research

  • Participate in University committees related to high level external engagement activities e.g. Dr Martin Luther King legacy programme, British Science Festival

  • Work with our external stakeholders to develop productive knowledge exchange activities

  • Key enquiry and brokerage role for external enquiries.

    I job share this post with Jenny Hasenfuss. My working days are Monday and Tuesday all day, and Wednesday mornings.

    I joined the University in July 2016.  


  • BA Sociology Hons (2:1) (Newcastle University)

  • MA Sociology and Social Research (Merit) (Newcastle University)