Contact Dr Cecilia Fenech Brincat

Areas of expertise

Background

Dr Cecilia Fenech Brincat is the Research Development Manager within Cranfield University’s Research and Innovation Office. Within this role, she leads the pre-award Research Support Team and supports the University’s Researcher Development Programme. The primary purpose of this role is to contribute to the implementation and regularly review the University's research strategy and related processes and policies, by providing an expert support function to maximise the University's research performance and develop a dynamic research environment.

Prior to this role, she spent a number of years as a Research Fellow in renewable energy at Cranfield University. As a Research Fellow she was the project manager of the Bio-Thermal RED (Biological and Thermal Renewable Energy Demonstrator) ERDF funded project, to provide business support to SMEs in the East of England involved in renewable energy.

She completed her PhD (2010-2013) in environmental and analytical chemistry as part of the Marie Curie funded ITN ATWARM (Advanced Technologies for Water Resource Management) at Dublin City University, Ireland. Prior to this, she was employed as an Assistant Quality Assurance Manager at General Soft Drinks (Coca Cola) Co. Ltd., Malta.

Current activities

I am the Research Development Manager at Cranfield University, based within the Research and Innovation Office, where I lead the Research Support Team. The primary purpose of this role is to contribute to the implementation and review of the University's research strategy and related processes and policies, and providing an expert support function to maximise the University's research performance and develop a dynamic research environment. My current activities include: HR Excellence in Research, Athena SWAN, Midlands Innovation Resource Efficiency Working Group, ARMA Training and Development Working Group, UKRO European Liaison Officer, and Joint Code of Practice in Research at Cranfield, among others.

Clients

Supporting public sector research funding across Cranfield, including H2020, RCUK (e.g. EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC, ESRC), Leverhulme Trust, RAEng etc.