Research

Staff Profile

Dr Jarlath McKenna

Asst Research Funding Development Manager

Background

Introduction

In my role as an Assistant Research Funding Development Manager I support academic staff with their applications to UK funding bodies to enable their research. In particular, I support the Schools of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics, and together with my colleague Amy Brown, Natural & Environmental Sciences. I also work flexibly within the team to respond to research development opportunities across the SAgE Faculty, including facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration across the University.

Our Research Funding Development Team provides:

  • advice on funder strategy;
  • information on funders' forthcoming plans and opportunities;
  • support for large and complex funding applications;
  • visits and information sessions from funders;
  • 'in house' funding information sessions;
  • advice on finding funding;
  • advice on preparing funding applications;
  • lay review of funding applications;
  • grant training.

For more information please see the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Faculty research support website (internal only): https://newcastle.sharepoint.com/hub/sage/Pages/Research-Funding-Support.aspx

Please get in touch if I can help in any way with your research funding.

Background

I studied Physics at Queen’s University Belfast and was awarded my PhD in 2006 having used ultrafast intense lasers to understand and control atomic and molecular dynamics. I then undertook two postdoctoral research associate positions at Kansas State University and Imperial College London, developing my research into the emerging area of attosecond science.

Upon leaving academia, I worked for the Institute of Physics Publishing for seven years in an editorial role managing and developing a small portfolio of journals.

In 2017, I joined the Research Support Services team at University of Birmingham (College of Engineering and Physical Sciences) where I specialised in developing and delivering training and events to support research funding applications. I joined Newcastle University in October 2018 and work to support the Faculty's academic staff in maximising their research funding.