Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Laura Ritson

Fuse Research Centre Manager


In June 2002 I graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Business Administration. 

I started employment with Newcastle University in June 2003 as a project secretary and have since had many administrative roles, currently I’m employed as the Fuse Research Centre Manger.  Fuse is the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, which brings together the five North East Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver robust research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities. Fuse is one of the five UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, it works hand-in-hand with the NHS, local and national government, voluntary and community sectors to help transform public health.

I provide professional management support to pursue the overall strategy and to ensure the day to day business of Fuse is carried out effectively across the North East, in its objectives of implementing the translation of world-class public health research into value-for-money policy and practice.



My research interests cover all aspects of knowledge exchange and public health and the embedding of research findings into practice, as a manager for Fuse.  I also have an interest in Finance, Communications, Engagement and Impact although my role does not include undertaking academic research.