Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Rachel Sparks

Strategic Project Manager


Rachel is a Strategic Project Manager for SAgE Faculty. In this role she develops, manages, and monitors the implementation of a variety of strategic projects on behalf of the SAgE Faculty to support the fulfilment of the Faculty and University vision and strategy. A substantive part of her role is to also lead and manage the Research Project Managers based within SAgE.

Rachel joined the University in 2019 as the Not-Equal Network Manager in the School of Computing. She has a background in Physics, having completed her BSc(Hons) in Physics & Astrophysics at Keele University and PhD in theoretical physics at Lancaster University. Following completion of her PhD Rachel went on to manage the Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology at Flinders University, South Australia. This centre hosts researchers across multiple disciplines enabling Rachel to expand her interests into other areas of science. She is also the former Grants Manager at the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials and has carried out Postdoctoral fellowships at Tomsk State University (Russia) and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) utilizing her expertise in the areas of molecular electronics and astrophysics. Prior to joining Newcastle University, Rachel was the Research Proposal Editor for the School of Engineering at Stanford University (USA). In her broad array of roles across the globe, she has managed projects from small group ventures up to multimillion dollar collaborative programs (both industry and academic).