Department: Research Support Office
Ray joined the RVC as Director of Research Administration in June 2016. He supports Jonathan Elliott, Vice-Principal (Research & Innovation), in the development and implementation of strategies designed to maximise the College's reputation and income from research, knowledge exchange and enterprise activities.
A physical scientist by training, Ray's principal interests lie in helping RVC researchers to bring more grant funding to the College(!); science and innovation policy, including the management of 'open' science publications and data; the career development of researchers and research administrators; and research assessment, including research metrics. Externally, Ray is involved in KQ (Knowledge Quarter London), ARMA, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, PraxisUnico and Vitae.
Ray prevously supported the implementation of research management systems at Loughborough and De Montfort universities, and institutional submissions to the RAE (2001, 2008) and REF 2014, respectively. He was a Director of ARMA UK between 2004 and 2011, and a member of Vitae's Researcher Development Advisory Group from 2013 to 2015. Ray currently represents ARMA on a JISC oversight group in the area of research data management. He has also been an evaluator for the European Commission (2002-2006) and the Natural Environment Research Council (2009-2012), and continues to serve as a peer reviewer for leading journals in the Earth Sciences.
Ray has helped to found 4 university spin-out companies including CYP Design Ltd., which in 2014 won the title of Medilink East Midlands Start-Up Company of the Year. Also In 2014 he set up the Crucible graduate entrepreneurship programme at De Montfort University, which has created 15 graduate start-up businesses. This work was commended by 'The Economist' (June 2015), and was instrumental in helping the University's Business School to gain a Silver Award under the Small Business Charter in September 2015.
Ray's research outputs (in Volcanology-Geochemistry-Petrology) are listed at: orcid.org/0000-0002-5412-0310