Dr Bryony Wakefield

Director, Research Development, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

University of Melbourne


Bryony Wakefield PhD, is the Director of Research Development in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia. Bryony is currently on secondment, to December 2019, as Workstream Lead - Service Model and Researcher Experience, Research, Innovation and Commercialisation University Service at UoM.

With over eighteen years of experience working in the higher education sector Bryony has built a career in research management. Key focus areas are research strategy development and implementation, graduate research, collaboration and funding, research performance analysis and international benchmarking. This experience is broadened by significant involvement in international research management societies.

In September 2017 Bryony was appointed an ARMS Fellow in recognition of her enduring and substantial contribution to research management as a practitioner, mentor and trainer in the research management profession. In addition to her involvement with ARMS, Bryony is actively involved with the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), serving on their Board from 2015 – 2017.

Bryony’s background in the humanities adds a creative and multidisciplinary outlook. She combines abstract and analytical thinking to problem solving and possess a positive outlook, with a flexible approach to change. Her leadership style is based on motivation, communication, a dash of humour and the ability to inspire a shared sense of purpose and achievement.

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