Faculty of Environment

Staff profiles

Faculty Research Manager

Sharron Lobley

Telephone: 0113 343 6558


 The Faculty Research Manager and is responsible for overseeing all areas of the team's work and represents the office on Faculty and University committees. They oversee the cradle-to-grave grants administration process, covering:

  • The identification of new business and research opportunities
  • Providing expert knowledge relating to grant giving bodies, compliance with external regulations and internal University policies including the full economic costing of research proposals
  • Producing management information relating to research income to help inform Faculty strategic planning and decision making.
  • Ensuring the optimisation of research income, indirect cost and directly allocated costs in order to maximise the return to the Faculty.
  • Providing support for the Research Excellence Framework, through preparing relevant data collection and reports

Please contact them if you need assistance with your research proposal or award.

Pre-Award Team

Denise Nicholas

Research Administrator
Telephone: 0113 343 3530

Luke Lawrance

Research Administrator
Telephone: 0113 343 8826

Siàn Evans

Research Support Officer

Telephone: 0113 343 2244


The Pre-Award team deal with the administration of all research proposals.  We deal with a wide range of sponsors from UK Research Councils and charities, to the EU Government and industry; national and international.  We are able to provide advice regarding funder’s rules and regulations and can help you with putting together financial information for proposals.  We ensure that all the necessary internal regulations are adhered to when preparing a proposal such as establishing whether ethical review is required and that data risk assessments have been completed.   The majority of research proposals are submitted through the Faculty Research Office once we have obtained the necessary approval, usually from Head of School.

We can also help with providing University of Leeds organisational information that is often required for tenders such as Health and Safety policy information, financial reports and statistics.

On receiving an offer of a grant, we will liaise with Research Support regarding acceptance of the award which often involves contract negotiation.  When an award has been formally accepted, we are responsible for setting up a research grant account.

Post Award Team

Emma Seymour

Emma Holden

Senior Research Administrator
Telephone 0113 343 7324

Carl Waterston

Research Administrator
Telephone: 0113 343 6431

Quentin Birkinshaw

Research Administrator
Telephone: 0113 343 7306

Ian Wolstenholme

Senior Research Officer
Telephone: 0113 343 4624

Sarah Ashbridge

Nicola Borthwick

Research Administrator
Telephone: 0113 343 4609
Working days Monday & Tuesday

We now have a restructured post award team who deal with all projects regardless of sponsor. The new Post Award team is split by research group. Each PI has a dedicated team looking after all of their grants. Emma Seymour is the overall Post Award Team Leader. Quentin Birkinshaw and Ian Wolstenholme form one Post Award Sub Team and Carl Waterston and Anne-Marie Lombard work together as the 2nd Sub Team. 

Quentin and Ian look after ALL grants for ALL PIs in the following research groups: 

  • SEE: Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI), Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT), Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) 
  • SoG: Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP), Citizenship and Belonging (CAB), Ecology and Global Change (EGC), Cities and Social Justice (CSJ) 
  • ITS: Economics and Discrete Choice (EDC), Safety and Technology (S&T) 

Carl, Anne-Marrie and Sarah look after ALL grants for ALL PIs in the following research groups: 

  • SEE: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) 
  • SoG: River Basin Processes & Management (RBPM) 
  • ITS: Spatial Modelling and Dynamics (SMD), Sustainable Transport Policy (STP) 

Between us we deal with the post award administration of all of the Faculty’s research grants from sponsors including UK Research Councils, UK Charities and UK Government, projects under the European Commission’s Framework Programme (currently FP7, to be followed by H2020), other European Projects such as ERC and Marie Curie as well as any other projects from UK or international industrial sponsors, European tenders, international charities or research councils etc. 

We deal with the financial administration of each project throughout its life and help to ensure projects run smoothly. We monitor and update project budgets and aim to provide quarterly updates to PI’s. We are responsible for all external financial reporting, claims, statements of expenditure and invoicing. We can advise on the affordability of staff time, eligibility of costs, funder’s rules, remaining budget etc and are the authorised signatories for any travel claims or other expenses on these projects. We also deal with requests for project extensions. 

We monitor exchange rates for any projects funded in currencies other than sterling and update PI’s on how any fluctuations will affect their budgets. 

Please contact us with any queries or to notify us of any changes to your project. Please direct queries to the sub team leaders, Quentin or Carl, in the first instance, dependent on your Research Group or Institute. Emma can also be contacted with queries on any project or you can use our office email address foe-postaward@leeds.ac.uk which is monitored daily.

Emma Worsfold

Research Support Assistant
Telephone: 0113 343 9443

Emma provides administrative support to both the pre and post award teams. 

Consultancy Projects

Maxine Porter

Consultancy Officer
Telephone: 0113 343 3107

Maxine deals with the costing and then management of all the consultancy projects for the Faculty. 

Useful Info

Expense Claims 

The e expenses system should be used by all staff for all claims on research accounts. Student and visitor payments are currently still processed on paper forms, as are advance requests and reconciliations. Paper forms can be sent to FRO, Staff Centre L9. 

E expense forms should be submitted to Emma Seymour and the paper copy printed and sent along with receipts to FRO, Staff Centre L9. Payments are now made weekly on Fridays. Any claims approved through the system by 5pm on Friday afternoon will be paid on the following Friday. 
Please contact us should you need assistance accessing the system or completing your claim. 

The link to the e expense system is https://selfservice.mais.leeds.ac.uk:444/irj/portal


SIPRS requesting expenditure on research projects should be submitted to Carl Waterston OR Quentin Birkinshaw dependent on your Research Institute/Group.