Dr Charlotte Brady

Head of REF, Research Planning & Performance

  • Strategic Research Development
  • Edinburgh Research Office

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Edinburgh Research Office
The University of Edinburgh
Room 2.15, Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

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Charlotte is the Head of REF, Research Planning and Performance from May 2024. In this role she will establish a new Research Excellence Framework (REF), Research Planning and Performance function within Edinburgh Research Office. She provides leadership on research planning and performance relating to research assessment and evaluation including the strategy, planning and delivery for REF. She will be responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of a range of key research planning initiatives with a view to enhanced University-wide research performance.

Charlotte joined Edinburgh Research Office as a Strategic Research Executive in late 2021, where she delivered projects across the spectrum of research activities. This included supporting the drafting of the Research Cultures Action Plan, a document at the foundation of our Research Cultures work n the University. She was also an author of the Funded Research – Pathways to Academic Independence online course.

Prior to joining Edinburgh Research Office she has acted as the REF 2021 Project Manager, and Project & Policy Officer to the Senior Vice-Principal.

She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh and expertise in higher education policy, UK research and innovation, university strategy, commercialisation and industry engagement, research impact and early career researcher opportunities.