Sarah Priston

Sarah Priston


Sarah is the Head of Research Support at Bath Spa, working with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) to deliver the research strategy, and with colleagues across the university to support research and enterprise activities.

She represents Research & Enterprise on a variety of different committees and groups across the University, and works closely with colleagues in professional service departments as well as academic schools. She is responsible for the operational delivery of the Research Excellence Framework submission (REF),for the implementation of the Action Plan for the Knowledge Exchange Concordat, the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award.

Sarah leads the Research Support office team, who are responsible for pre-award and post-award research grant administration, research integrity and ethics, knowledge exchange, research impact and the researcher development programme. In the last year she has also led on the establishment of a UN Sustainable Development Goals Working Group, and an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Research Working Group.

Externally, Sarah is an External Assessor for the HR Excellence in Research Award, and sits on the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) Professional Development Working Group and the Vitae conference committee.