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Dr Jenny Baverstock DPhil, BSc

Principal Enterprise Fellow

Dr Jenny Baverstock

Dr Jenny Baverstock joined the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences on 1 April 2018 as a Senior Collaboration Fellow. Jenny has a background in biomedical research (biochemistry) and has worked in several research and research administration roles (NHS, MRC and University). Recent academic research projects have involved palliative care and urgent care in the NHS and substantial coordination of a significant number of research studies and trials via the NIHR Clinical Research Networks and primary care research networks.

1987-1991 DPhil Biochemistry and Biophysics (University of Oxford, UK)

1982-1985 BSc Applied and Human Biology (University of Aston, UK).

Positions held

2019 - UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund Clean Air Champion

2019 Member of STFC Air Quality Network (SAQN) Steering Group

2014-2018: Faculty Academic Research Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Southampton.

2006-2014: NIHR Clinical Research Networks Three positions held: Research Network Manager (Dendron network); Primary Care Research Network Manager (PCRN South West); Research Delivery Manager (CRN Wessex)

2001-2006. Wessex Primary Care Research Network (NHS Primary Care research network) Research Facilitator and Academic Research Manager

1993-2001: Medical Research Council. Three positions held: Corporate Affairs Policy and Parliamentary Liaison manager; Management Services: peer review and efficiency of directly funded research establishments; Advisor: establishing and managing HR issues for northern and overseas MRC establishments

1991-1993 Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL (SIMR) pain research (nociception)

1985-1987 Dermatology Research Officer, University of Wales, College of Medicine (commenced DPhil after this position)

Research interests

Agricultural and food systems research and clean air research. Working across the University Of Southampton Faculties on Global Challenges Research Fund and other major UKRI grant opportunities.

Research projects

UKRI Strategic Priorities fund Clean Air Champion (Wave 2 Enhancement) Awarded January 2021 (£100k) Professor Sir Stephen Holgate (PI), Dr Jenny Baverstock UNDERWAY

UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund Clean Air Champion. Funded by UKRI Awarded 2019. Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, Dr Jenny Baverstock, Dr Gary Fuller (Imperial College London) UNDERWAY

QR GCRF Transforming land use for sustainable development and climate resilience (2019). Professor Guy Poppy, Dr Jenny Baverstock, Professor Craig Hutton COMPLETE

Research group

Environmental Biosciences


Member of STFC Air Quality Network (SAQN) Steering Committee

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Other publications

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Inquiry written evidence

Co-ordinating Research Action: Air Quality & COVID-19 Report

SoCoBio DTP research Co-supervisor with NIAB-EMR Environmental and intra/interspecific approaches to nutrient security – Fruit for the UK’s food security.

I have led a diverse range of projects: preparing research applications to funding organisations (up to large multi-million pound grants). I have engaged in peer review of MRC research teams at MRC HQ – covering a broad scope of research areas at MRC centres and units. I have experience of raising funding for a number of studies with multi-partner projects eg MRC Biobank and the NHS NIHR research funded projects and international projects (the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women) to implement the study within the primary care setting and a large RCT of antibiotic use in lower respiratory tract infection (GRACE – an EU project). I successfully coordinated the bidding process for a major grant from the NHS Service Delivery Organisation on Urgent Care Workforce evaluation (a cross faculty research bid). Latterly within the NHS I have coordinated and helped to design an incentivised and competitive research funding programme for GPs (£0.5 M) which I also successfully performance managed. GPs active engagement in this programme provided high levels of recruitment to clinical trials in the Wessex region. I have assisted from the primary care side with enabling spin out companies to deliver research to milestones (Synairgen). I have provided a range of support to overseas research organisations (MRC Uganda; The Gambia) with research operational requirements. I have worked in process management, inter-agency coordination and contract negotiations with NHS and health organisation for the Faculty of Health Sciences internationally acknowledged programme of Clinical Academic Doctoral Fellowships within challenging dynamics of organisational change in the NHS. The programme is now worth in excess of £5m.

Dr Jenny Baverstock
Life Sciences Building (85), Room 3009
Biological Sciences
University of Southampton
University Road
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/3055

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