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Dr Sara Hayes

Dr Sara Hayes

Research and Operations Manager

South Cloisters 2.24

Since May 2016, Sara has worked as the Engagement, Research Information and Communications Manager for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West (PenCLAHRC), based in the Medical School. Sara is responsible for the development and facilitation of strategic partnerships between PenCLAHRC and its partners. She is also responsible for co-ordinating and managing the selection and retrieval of quantitative and qualitative data relating to research outputs for reporting purposes. In addition, Sara manages the development and implementation of the PenCLAHRC communications strategy to raise awareness of research outputs, both internally and externally.

Sara joined the Medical School in May 2015 as the Research and Operations Manager for PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), the operational modelling research group within PenCLAHRC. Her primary responsibility was the operational management of the group, including HR, finance, policy and governance, as well as supporting project delivery. In addition, she was responsible for managing a number of wider PenCLAHRC projects.

Previously, Sara worked as a Project Development Officer within the University of Exeter’s Research and Knowledge Transfer directorate, where she was responsible for managing two schemes designed to support collaborative projects between the University and external partners. Before joining the University, Sara worked for NHS NEW Devon CCG, Devon County Council and as a Research Assistant at Lancaster University.


  • ESRC/NERC Interdisciplinary Studentship Award funded PhD in Volcanic Risk Management (Plymouth University)
  • NERC funded MRes in Environmental Sciences (Lancaster University)
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences (University of East Anglia)


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