Dr Eva Day, European Research Manager
Like everyone in Technology & Research Services (TRS), I work with academic and research staff to help support research and knowledge transfer strategies.
Even although I'm the only one doing this role, I never feel isolated
My expertise is in managing the European research funding applications.
The rules around applying for funding from the European Commission are complex and research is carried out by international consortia consisting of universities, research institutions and industry around the world.
This makes my job interesting as well as challenging. It's an exciting role with lots of responsibility.
I enjoy interacting with such a wide array of people as part of my role both in Heriot-Watt and in the international consortia.
Freedom to develop
I'm encouraged to continue my professional development by attending conferences and information events
Since I joined Heriot-Watt in 1999, I have been successful in developing the role to ensure we increased the success rate of funding from the European Commission.
I was able to build on my previous experience as a researcher, and have strengthened my links with and understanding of the European Commission; I now advise researchers how to manage budgets and write proposals.
I'm encouraged to continue my professional development by attending conferences and information events provided by external agencies in this specialist area of research management, while Heriot-Watt University provides in-house training programmes in generic management skills.
Of course, one of my favourite parts of my job is when we win research funding: it's a great feeling when the team succeeds.
I'm part of a great team and get great support from my colleagues. Even although I'm the only one doing this role, I never feel isolated.