Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Kirsty Steed

Research Strategy Officer



My primary role as Research Strategy Officer is to support the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Strategy & Resources (PVC-RSR) in the design, delivery and monitoring of the University Research Strategy.

My responsibilities also include evaluation of the research landscape both internally and externally, surveying research practice in comparator institutions and developing the Newcastle Academic Track model. I also contribute to other projects in the PVC-RSR remit including those relating to external funding opportunities, industrial engagement with research, planning and strategic development.

I was previously based in the SAgE Faculty as a Research Manager and before that was the administrator for the eFutures network, eFuturesXD cross-disciplinary funding account and nanoLAB research centre based in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (now part of the School of Engineering).

Previous Positions

  • Faculty Research Projects Manager, Newcastle University (2015-2017)
  • Faculty Research Manager, Newcastle University - Maternity Cover (2014-2015)
  • Faculty Research Administrator, Newcastle University (2013-2014)
  • Research Network Administrator, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University (2010-2013)
  • PDRA, Symmetry Breaking in Molecular Crystal Structures, University of Durham (2005-2010)
  • Crystallographic Data Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry (2001-2005)


PGCert in Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership (AUA, 2016)
PhD in Structural Chemistry (Bristol, 2002)
BSc. Hons. Chemistry (Bristol, 1998)

Honours and Awards

CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists 2008


ARMA - Association of Research Managers and Administrators 
AUA - Association of University Administrators