Ierna, Michelle

Michelle Ierna

Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Officer
School Professional Services
I have over 15 years’ experience working in life sciences research whilst completing my doctoral studies at Edinburgh University and as a post-doc at Strathclyde university investigating the immune responses to intestinal parasitic helminth infections. This was followed by a move to industry, working for a start-up company MD Biosciences, a pre-clinical drug testing SME focussing on inflammatory diseases. Following 10 years in industry, I returned to academia to focus on knowledge exchange and support academics to engage in collaborative projects with SMEs through the Encompass project at Strathclyde University. I joined Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016 and work closely with the associate dean of research in the School of Health and Life Sciences to support the management, development and reporting of research impact from research across the school. As part of this role I provide:
- Advice on impact statements required for grant applications.
- Give guidance on research funding sponsor rules and regulations on impact.
- Input into policy consultations of strategic importance to the future direction of impact.
- Support academics by providing comprehensive advice during the development of their research.
- Support the REF process through membership of the REF Impact Management group to ensure timely gathering of evidence for impact to support the school REF 2021 submission.
- Support school based knowledge exchange activity including outreach to industry and communities.