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Ruth McCaffrey

BA (Hons), PhD


Research Strategy Coordinator

A large part of my role involves research facilitation, essentially providing advice and support to researchers on funding sources and grant applications, particularly fellowships. I also provide support for researchers with career progression, I oversee public engagement and communications in the department, and I provide advice and support on many of the research related systems such as Researchfish, Open Access, and Symplectic. Finally, I am the Programme Manager for the Novo Nordisk Oxford Fellowship programme.

I am part of the Senior Management Team in RDM, working closely with the Head of Department and the Head of Administration and Finance.  I sit on the RDM Career Development Committee and the Athena SWAN Steering Group in RDM. I am a mentor in the RDM Mentoring Scheme and I am a Harassment and Bullying Advisor as well.

I hold a PhD in Developmental Genetics from the University of Cambridge. I did my postdoctoral research in Seattle, USA, where my research focused on HIV vaccine development. Following a move to Ireland, I left research and worked as a Scientific Programme Officer in Science Foundation Ireland (the Irish equivalent of the Research Councils). I then moved to Oxford  and joined the University where I initially worked in the then Department of Clinical Pharmacology as a Senior Project Manager. Following this I worked for 6 years as a Research Facilitator managing the BHF Centre of Research Excellence, before moving to my current role in 2012 when the Radcliffe Department of Medicine was formed.

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