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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.

Dr Holly Henderson

Dr Holly Henderson

Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework Advisor


I am the Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework Advisor and responsible for the development and operational delivery of the University’s RKEDF Framework. This includes the overview of the thematic pathways and the design and delivery of career-level development schemes, research seminar series and online content.

Before joining RDS, I was a Senior Lecturer and Education Incubator Fellow at the University of Exeter.  My PhD was Awarded from the University of Birmingham, I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Advanced and Online Facilitator in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.  I have over fifteen years of experience successfully delivering National and International projects and was the LOCOG Operations Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth & Portland. I have been a Project Manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

I am avid sportswoman and alongside my work, I have represented England and Great Britain at the International Surf Association SUP and Paddleboard World Championships.

Peng Peng Hatch

Peng Peng 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 am also currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (Creative & Media) with the Faculty of Media and Communication.

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