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Clare Canning worked with Historic England on her collaborative PhD research into religious heritage and Sikh places of worship in Britain. Her project looked at the value of Sikh gurdawas to those who use and manage them, using new conceptions of place and acknowledging cultural diversity. Clare joined the team in 2018 from the University of Leicester, and is our main contact for the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).



Carly Chadwick joined the team from Trafford Housing Trust, where she co-ordinated research to provide insight into the needs of social housing tenants. She has a PhD in zoo animal behaviour and has investigated social behaviour and personality in cheetahs, as well as zoo keepers’ perceptions of the welfare of captive elephants. Carly has also completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and is currently writing up her research on academics’ perceptions of the impact agenda. Carly is our main contact for the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED).


Leanne Munroe joined the team in 2016 from the heritage and museums sector, where she had worked in curatorial and managerial roles. She has a PhD in archaeological heritage, through which she investigated how processes of narrativisation and ‘authorship’ construct particular versions of transatlantic slavery history. Leanne also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education where she examined methods of impact assessment in higher education. Leanne is the main contact for the School of Social Sciences (SoSS).


Lucy Stone is our main contact for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC). Lucy completed her PhD in French Studies in SALC before moving into her impact role for the School. Her PhD project was a study of French women’s novels in the period from 1890 to 1914, looking specifically at representations of masculinity. Lucy also studied for her MA in European Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, and has a BA (Hons) in Modern History and French from St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.


Hannah Clark joined the Humanities Knowledge Exchange and Impact team in 2019, moving up the road from Manchester Metropolitan University, where she had been a Communications and Engagement Manager in Professional Services. Prior to that she was a Research Support Officer at the University of Manchester in the School of Social Sciences. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing and is currently studying Japanese and Korean. Hannah is the main contact for the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account scheme.


Elaine Edwards moved internally to the role of Faculty Research Strategy Manager at the start of 2019 to lead the Humanities impact team, having worked in Humanities Research Support for 20 years. During this time she has worked in research development and research management positions in schools, institutes and externally funded research centres. Prior to this Elaine studied and worked at the London School of Economics, has a degree in Politics and a masters in International Relations.


Photographs by Gosia Davies