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Dr Sara Hayes

Dr Sara Hayes

Research Manager


 +44 (0) 1392 726063

 Smeall building 


Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Based within the College of Medicine and Health's Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) group, Sara is the Research Manager for two NIHR funded programmes - the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) and the SPOtting Cancer among Comorbidities (SPOCC) programme.

Working with academic and professional services colleagues within the university and with external partners, Sara is responsible for the operational management and delivery of these programmes.

Prior to her current roles, Sara was the Programme Manager for CanTest, a CRUK funded international collaboration looking at the early detection and diagnosis of cancer within primary care. She has also supported the work of PenARC as their Engagement, Research Information and Communications Manager and as the Research & Operations Manager for PenCHORD.

Sara joined the University of Exeter in 2013 as a Project Development Officer within the Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) team, supporting the management of an ERDF funded innovation voucher scheme.


  • ESRC/NERC Interdisciplinary Studentship Award PhD in Volcanic Risk Management (Plymouth University) - 2011
  • NERC MRes in Sciences of the Environment (Lancaster University) - 2003
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences (University of East Anglia) - 2001


At the University of Exeter:

  • Programme Manager, CanTest Collaborative, College of Medicine & Health, University of Exeter (Jul 2017 - Jun 2021)
  • Engagement, Research Information and Communications Manager, NIHR PenARC, College of Medicine & Health (May 2016 - Jun 2017)
  • Research and Operations Manager, NIHR PenARC, College of Medicine & Health (May 2015 - May 2016)
  • Project Development Officer, Innovation, Impact and Business (Feb 2013 - May 2015)



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