Ms Ewa Thompson

Ms Ewa Thompson

Research Funding Manager

Research and Commercialisation Office (Research & Innovation)



Research Funding Manager - providing support and advice to research staff across the university to help deliver successful funding proposals. I deal with a wide range of national and international funders including the EU, Research Councils and charities.    


Fellow, Association of University Administrators 
MBA, University of Plymouth 
MA English Language and Literature, University of Silesia (Poland)

For over 20 years I have worked in support and management roles within higher education both in academic departments and central services. I advise and support research staff to develop successful funding proposals. I deal with a wide range of national and international funders including the EU, Research Councils and charities. Previously I coordinated the Research Excellence Framework 2014 institutional submission and helped develop and capture research impact.

In the past I was involved in the whole of the student journey from admissions and programme approvals to registration, assessment and graduation ceremonies. I have spent most of my working life at University of Plymouth where I have actively promoted Association of University Administrators (AUA) membership among my colleagues, particularly in further education colleges in the South West. Through this work I was instrumental in Plymouth being awarded the AUA Branch Good Practice Award in 2008.

I am a fellow of the AUA and a mentor for the AUA and ARMA (Association of Research Administrators and Managers). I was part of the coordination group of the Research Impact Network which was a grass roots network of UK Higher Education administrative and professional staff working in a variety of roles related to research impact (2013-15).

Professional membership

ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) - Member of various Special Interest Groups and Mentor
AUA (Association of University Administrators) - Fellow and Mentor
PraxisAuril - Member

Roles on external bodies

Since 2019 - Mentor on the Certificate in Research Management, ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators)

Association of University Administrators (AUA):
- Since 2008 - Fellow
- Since 2006 - Mentor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (HE Administration and Management) 
- 2013 - 2015 Advocate / Branch Co-ordinator
- 2005 - 2009 Partnerships Special Interest Group Convenor - I established and ran the Group which shared good practice interactively via an email discussion list, website, informal meetings and presentations at conferences. 

2012 - 2015 Research Impact Network: member of the Organising Committee (blog: ttp://