Staff Profile

Angela Topping

Head - Newcastle Joint Research Office and Deputy Director of Research Strategy & Development


I have worked at Newcastle University for over 20 years and in January 2018, I took up the role as Head of Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO) and Deputy Director of Research Strategy & Development (RSD).

Prior to taking this role, I was the Faculty Accountant for the Faculty of Medical Sciences so have extensive knowledge of the importance of joint working between Academia and the NHS for the benefit of Teaching, Research and Engagement.

I am responsible for the operation of the NJRO which is a partnership between The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NuTH) and Newcastle University (University). The NJRO supports researchers in the development, implementation and delivery of world class translational, experimental and clinical research.

I am a joint appointment between NuTH and University to ensure the NJRO provides the right support at the right time to NuTH and University researchers in what can be a complex research process.

I work with NuTH Research and Development (R&D) Delivery and Finance teams as well as colleagues in the University to ensure that there is a cohesive and collaborative approach in the development, delivery and implementation of research that has a real impact on patient outcomes.

I work closely with the Associate Medical Director, Clinical Director of R&D and colleagues across R&D in NuTH to develop, support and implement the research and innovation strategy. 

I also work closely with the Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean of Translational Research and the Faculty Research Manager in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) and the Director of Research Strategy and Development to implement the University research strategy.

I am the key conduit between NuTH and University to support and deliver the emerging joint strategy and ensure the infrastructure and governance is in place to support it. 

I liaise with other external organisations including the regional Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN), NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC), Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and other NHS trusts and universities to support the joint strategy.

I am a Parent Governor and vice- chair of the Governing Body at Bill Quay Primary School. To unwind I partake in a number of indoor and outdoor activities including spinning, HIIT, boxing, hiking, coasteering and canoeing.