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Qualifications

B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Techniques

Ph.D. Vitrification of Human Oocytes

About

Dr Louise Bright is Director of Research and Business Engagement at the University of South Wales. She is also Chair of the Gender Equality Sub Group and University Ethics Committee.

Experience

While previously seconded to the Welsh Government Louise undertook a study on how the Government might work with Welsh Universities to increase the levels of Research Council income. The outcomes of the study formed the basis for a Ministerial approved report with policy implications. During her secondment she was also responsible for drafting a proposal to establish a National Science Academy for Wales. This was approved and Louise now works with the Welsh Government on a consultancy basis including projects on the delivery of the National Science Academy and Welsh Government’s Innovation Policy.

Louise was the Associate Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education with responsibility for Wales. This role built on her experience of developing research students and academics to become effective researchers. Louise is a peer reviewer for the HR Excellence in Research Award and is a member of the Chief Science Advisor for Wales Task and Finish Group which is considering women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medical research in Wales.

Before moving into management, her research focused on freezing oocytes from patients whose fertility is threatened by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This work was funded by the Leukemia Research Appeal for Wales and involved the use of many novel techniques such as cryopreservation and double immuno fluorescent staining. Following her PhD, she successfully established a new, externally funded group that explored the pathogenesis of endometriosis. She now uses her own experience of being a research active academic to help others fulfill their potential.

Publications

Halligan, P. and Bright, L. (2015) The Case for Growing STEMM Research Capacity in Wales. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Bright, L. (2015) Addressing the Gender Balance in Welsh Universities. International Innovation.

Memberships

Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management

External

Undertook a six month study in the Department of Children, Education and Lifelong Learning in the Welsh Assembly Government to explore ways in which Research Council income secured by welsh Universities could be increased. This work resulted in a report entitled “Improving Wales’ share of Research Council income and enhancing research collaboration in Wales” which was written with Dr Rachel Garside-Jones.

The secondment was then extended for a further year to oversee the establishment of the One Wales Commitment to establish a National Science Academy.

Consultancy

Consultancy work has included working for the Welsh Government to establish the National Science Academy for Wales.

Louise has worked with the Welsh Government to undertake work in support of the development of an Innovation Strategy for Wales. The project consisted of an analysis of Innovation offerings within the UK and a comparison of those offered in Wales against other regions and indeed the UK as a whole.

Twitter

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