Ms Ewa Thompson

Ms Ewa Thompson

Research Funding Manager

Research and Commercialisation Office (Research & Innovation)



I work in the Research Funding Managers' team 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. I identify funding opportunities, develop applications, run training sessions and support the application submission process.


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. 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.

Professional membership

ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) - Mentor 
AUA (Association of University Administrators) - Fellow and Mentor

Roles on external bodies

Mentor on the Certificate in Research Management, ARMA (since 2019)
Mentor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (HE Administration and Management), AUA (since 2006)
AUA Advocate / Branch Co-ordinator (2013 - 2015)
AUA Partnerships Special Interest Group Convenor (2005 - 2009) 
Member of the Organising Committee 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 (2012 - 2015)