Athene Donald


University of Edinburgh

Job title

Head of Researcher Development




Vitae Policy Forum 2013
Sessions and workshops

Increasing the internationalisation of the UK researcher experience



Louisa has been working in researcher development since 2003, and is currently the Head of Researcher Development at the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development. Working closely with the University Senate Researcher Experience Committee, Louisa informs strategy, policy and practice for Researcher Development for 3,000 staff and 4,000 students.

A focus on collaboration has led to Louisa playing a key role in numerous projects locally, nationally, and internationally, including the "Part Time Researcher Conference" in Scotland; the Times Higher Award Short listed "How to be an Effective Researcher" course; the "LEADER Summer School" in Denmark and the TRANS-DOC project in North America.

In addition to managing the strategy for researcher development, Louisa is the Vitae Scotland and Northern Ireland Hub Coordinator.

Louisa is a member of the Coimbra Doctoral Studies and Research Task Force, ScotHerd, the Research Training Sub-Committee of Universities Scotland Research & Commercialisation Committee, and the Beltane Public Engagement Advisory Group.