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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group


Maria Aznarez, BA, MA

Research Grants and Contracts Officer in the Department of Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41475
Room number: 32 Old Elvet: Room 102
Research Grants & Contracts Officer in the Research and Innovation Services
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42817
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 44634

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Maria returned to the Department as a member of staff in June 2010 having previously graduated with a Master in Social Research Methods (Sociology) in 2009. Maria informs, shapes and implements strategic support for all research-related processes, enabling the school to develop and enhance its research profile (e.g. ideas for research projects, grant applications, choice of funders, ethics, publications, dissemination, etc.). 

Maria supported the REF 2014 submission and is already working with the Director of Research and Deputy Director of Research on the planning for REF 2021. On a daily basis, Maria manages the processing of research funding applications from project conception through to completed application, providing advice and guidance to potential Principal Investigators and working in collaboration with staff in the School to provide research project cost, ensuring peer review is undertaken and bids are in line with the nature and guidance of funders. She also works closely with the University's Research and Innovation Services, other University Departments, and fellow Research Administrators in other UK Universities while preparing collaborative research proposals.

Among other responsibilities, Maria services the School's Research Committee, supports dissemination of research through departmental web pages and staff profiles, targeted reports and publications, and provides oversight of the management of human and physical resources relating to externally funded research activity.