Denise Greenwood is currently the Research Development Manager (RDM) for the School of Population Health. The focus of this role is to facilitate, enhance and improve research activity at the School and contribute to the development and implementation of the School’s research strategy. This includes providing strategic support in relation to research grant funding opportunities, horizon scanning, training and provision of expert advice and direction on the development of research proposals. In addition to the focus on research funding the RDM role supports activities to enhance research outputs, to develop new and emerging researchers and to facilitate research collaborations. Denise’s experience of the research environment spans over 25 years and a number of roles including an early start at age 16 as a trainee research technician at the University of Liverpool then onto New Zealand and senior research technician, laboratory manager, tutor, PhD student, postdoctoral research fellow, guest lecturer and fund specialist roles prior to the appointment as research development manager in 2010. During her time as a research technician Denise also undertook study to build up her academic qualifications which now include a PhD in Molecular Physiology from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Business Studies (majoring in human resource management) from Massey University. After having an active research career, taking on the roles of fund specialist at the University of Auckland’s Research Office and more recently Research Development Manager at the School of Population Health has been pivotal to directing her career change toward research management, where she is very much interested in the research environment and the challenges we face.
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