Dr Bryony Wakefield

Director of the Research Development Team : Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

University of Melbourne


Bryony-Wakefield-120x160.pngDr Bryony Wakefield is the Director of the Research Development team in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia.  As the Director Bryony leads a team of expert research administrators to support academic and professional staff in the Faculty’s schools, departments, centres and institutes, particularly in the areas of graduate research, collaboration and funding, research performance and research strategy.


Bryony finds working in research management to be a challenging and rewarding experience, requiring both detailed and broad understanding of the research sector. She has worked in the higher education sector for over fifteen years in a variety of roles at the UoM, the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra. Prior to working in research management, Bryony worked and studied in art history and curatorship, receiving her PhD in art history from the ANU in 2004. After her PhD, Bryony completed a postdoctoral program in research administration at ANU. Her leadership approach is based on motivation, teamwork, communication, a dash of humour and the ability to inspire a sense of purpose and achievement.


Bryony has been actively engaged with ARMS for over ten years. Examples include:

  • International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) congress planning committee member and co-marketing chair, 2016 (incorporating ARMS 2016 conference)
  • Board member, 2013 - 2015
  • Marketing & communications chair, 2014
  • Accredited pre-award foundation module co-developer, 2013 (revised 2017)
  • ARC/NHMRC Research Administrators’ Seminar, Session facilitator, 2013
  • Delivery of presentations, workshops, & posters, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Vic/Tas chapter co-convenor, 2010; committee member, 2009 - 2012. ACT convenor, 2008

In addition to her involvement with ARMS, Bryony is currently a Board member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

Bryony has extensive experience as a guest lecturer, tutor and trainer. This experience was developed at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra, as a guide at the National Gallery of Australia and intern at the National Library of Australia and more recently in presenting seminars and workshops at the University of Melbourne and at research management society forums. 



Authorised by the Accreditation Council to present:
National Research and Innovation System in Australia
Legislation as it affects research in Australia
Understanding Research and Researchers
Pre-Award Grants Processes
Post-Award Grants Processes