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Research Excellence Team

The Research Excellence Team in RDS, was established in April 2022. The team plays a key role in the delivery of the University’s strategic plan, BU2025, particularly in terms of academic research quality, visibility and influence.

The team is responsible for the management and oversight of preparatory work for the next research assessment exercise and the final submission as well as key initiatives to strengthen the excellence and sustainability of the University’s research environment, such as the University’s Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework to support colleagues to engage actively with excellent research.

The team is also developing and leading initiatives to bolster BU’s research culture with the aim of strengthening and sustaining a healthy and productive research environment. Initiatives which include the Open Access Publication Fund, the implementation of responsible use of research metrics and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Shelly Anne Stringer

Shelly Anne Stringer

Research Excellence Manager


As Research Excellence Manager at Bournemouth University, I am responsible for leading preparations for research assessment exercises (e.g. the REF), overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of the University’s Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework (RKEDF) as well as developing and leading initiatives to bolster BU’s research culture with the aim of strengthening and sustaining a healthy and productive research environment.

I have worked in research support since 2008 covering a variety of different roles including pre/post award and output development. In 2021, I was seconded to Research England as panel secretary for the Chemistry and Mathematical Science REF sub-panels. Prior to working for RDS, I worked in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.

I am a BU Media Production graduate and have a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

My favourite place is my home but I do enjoy adventures, walking and playing with my children.



Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework Advisor




Dr Pengpeng Hatch

Dr Pengpeng Hatch

Research Outputs Advisor


I am the Research Outputs Advisor responsible for working with academic colleagues to increase output volume, quality, and impact; and for championing open access publishing across the institution. Prior to this, I was a Funding Development Officer within the Funding Development Team in Research Development and Support responsible for providing professional and specialist advice and support to academic colleagues on all aspects of pre-award R&KE activities.

Before moving to the UK to pursue a Masters in Applied Linguistics with the University of Southampton, I taught English for 4 years in a secondary school in Miri, a fast developing oil town on Borneo Island, Malaysia.

I was recently awarded  the Doctor in Education degree from the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, trying new restaurants; and I am a big fan of LEGO!

Katerina Kakaounaki

Katerina Kakaounaki

Research Development Coordinator


​Within my role, I’m involved in organising, promoting and monitoring RKEDF events and activities. This also includes financial spend, outputs from attendees, and evaluation. I support the coordination of training and development opportunities for colleagues across the BU alongside contributing to the improvement of policies, processes and procedures for RKEDF and other RDS initiatives.

Previously I worked at BU in SciTech as a Project Administrator on EU Funded Research Projects. I provided administrative work for “European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations” (ECHO), “IDEAL-CITIES”, both EU H2020 projects and “The Smart Ports Ecosystem of the European 2 Seas region (SPEED)”, European Interreg project.

Having the advantage of living in Bournemouth I enjoy long walks on the beach along the coastline as well as exploring and photographing the countryside.