Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Rebecca Taylor

Planning and Performance Manager


I am the Planning and Performance Manager for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. My team and I provide expert advice, guidance and support to academic and professional services staff across the Faculty with regard to planning, performance, management information and benchmarking data.

I completed my PhD in marine science at Newcastle University in 2006 following which I held two post-doctoral research posts: one in marine chemical ecology at Gothenburg University in association with Chalmers University of Technology; and a second in microalgal biofuels at Newcastle University as part of a multi-institutional programme funded by the Carbon Trust. I also have experience in an industrial environment having spent two years as a Senior Environmental Consultant with BMT Group (BMT Cordah) where I specialised in environmental and chemical regulatory compliance (e.g. REACH and the Offshore Chemical Regulations).

Following these early roles, I have built my experience in academic management and strategy development: I worked as a research coordinator in the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (now Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University) developing and coordinating research across three cross-university, interdisciplinary themes; I also spent three years working at the Marine Management Organisation (a Defra non-departmental government body) as Senior Evidence Expert where I had responsibility for knowledge information and data development, management and quality assurance.

Prior to my current role I was the Research Administrator for the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences / School of Marine Science and Technology with responsibility for all aspects of research administration and management including strategy / forward planning, intelligence gathering and horizon scanning, performance monitoring and evaluation, REF preparations, policy and processes.