Meet Samantha

Head of Shaping Capability

I joined EPSRC in July 2007, after completing a Master’s Degree in Physics at the University of Bristol. I started working as a University Interface Manager for universities in the Midlands. I then moved to the cross-disciplinary interfaces Team as a Portfolio Manager.

My role was to initiate new links and collaborations across different disciplines. This involved working with interesting academics and coordinating creative events to bridge the gap between different research areas such as maths and biology.

After a few years, I was promoted to Senior Portfolio Manager in the peer review team. This involved building relationships with EPSRC colleagues internally and staff members dealing with grants processing and peer review at the UK Shared Business Services Ltd. I helped in developing new policies and there were opportunities to work autonomously and input creative ideas.

I have worked on many projects while at EPSRC, enhancing my project management skills and gaining a PRINCE 2 qualification over that time. I enjoy being involved with projects, as they are often fast paced and can present new challenges.

In 2013, I was promoted to the Head of Shaping Capability which is one of EPSRC’s strategic plan goals. Shaping capability’s goal is to align our portfolio of research and training to areas of UK strength and national importance. This leadership role involves working closely with colleagues and developing future strategy.

"My job is extremely varied with huge opportunities to learn new skills and work in different parts of the organisation!"

I enjoy working for the largest funder of engineering and physical sciences research in the UK, as this means I’m working at a national level to ensure the UK is internationally competitive in engineering and physical sciences research.