PUPSMD Research Support Office

The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) Research Support Office works closely with the University’s Research & Innovation (R&I) and other professional services teams to provide researchers from PUPSMD and the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED) a range of research support and services including:

  • First point of contact for all research and innovation enquiries
  • Research funding
  • Postgraduate research (PGR) enquiries and support
  • Ethics and research governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial activity

  • Research marketing
  • Events (University Events Team)
  • Research impact
  • Contracts and agreements (University Legal Services Team)
  • External engagement and business development.

Contact us

Research Support Team


Sue Varley

PUPSMD Research Coordinator

+44 1752 437395


  • First point of contact for all research funding applications.
  • Internal approvals/ queries about external funding applications.
  • Outcomes of funding applications and starting the post award process.
  • Signposting for any PSMD research related queries.

Dr Tom Nicholson

PUPSMD Research & Innovation Business Partner

+44 1752 584965


  • Connection to appropriate specialist advice, expertise and support in Research & Innovation team.
  • External engagement and business development.
  • Research translation, innovation and commercialisation enquiries.
  • Research marketing.
  • Research funding opportunities.

Jane Minett

Senior Administrator (Research Excellence)

+44 1752 586765


  • Assist PUPSMD academic colleagues with Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations.
  • Support PUPSMD internal approvals processes for external research funding applications.
  • Provision of guidance and training on research management tools and associated policy and procedures.
  • Provision of research management data to PUPSMD Research Committee and ITSMED Board.