Our people

Our research influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world so that we can make it better. We're proud of our staff and how their work makes a difference.


Vice-President for Research

Professor Sue Hartley

Professor Sue Hartley

Sue leads on the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations, grant activity and impact. She works closely with Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Innovation.

Professor Sue Hartley's staff profile

Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation

Our five Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation (FDRIs) are responsible for developing and leading research, innovation and knowledge exchange strategies for their respective research areas. 

Arts and Humanities: Professor Nicola Dibben

Nicola Dibben is Professor in Music and took up the role of Faculty Director of Research and Innovation in 2018.

Research and Innovation in the Faculty

Professor Nicola Dibben's staff page

Health: Professor Paul Hatton

Professor Hatton is one of Europe’s leading bioengineers with an interdisciplinary research group working on innovative and emerging healthcare and manufacturing technologies to improve the repair and regeneration of human musculoskeletal and dental tissues.

Research and innovation in the faculty

Professor Paul Hatton's staff page

Social Sciences: Professor Ruth Blakeley

Ruth Blakeley is Faculty Director of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Social Sciences. She joined the University of Sheffield in 2017 as Professor of Politics and International Relations. Professor Blakeley’s research and teaching focus on international security, terrorism and political violence, and human rights.

Research and innovation in the faculty

Professor Ruth Blakeley's staff page

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.