Craig commenced his working life in 1996 as a Modern Apprentice in Accounting at William King Limited, a large privately owned Steel Stockholders based near West Bromwich.
Craig joined the University in June 2000 as an Accountancy Assistant in the Engineering Finance Team based in the University’s Central Finance Office. Between 2000 and 2005 Craig undertook responsibility for managing various disciplines included within the School of Education and School of Engineering.
In March 2005 Craig joined the European Funding Team as a Senior Accountancy Assistant administering both European Framework and non-Framework Research Funding. Craig was promoted to Team Leader of the Research Finance European Funding Team in May the following year managing a team of 2 Accountancy Assistants. During this period he represented the University at conferences both in the UK and Abroad, and led the Finance Office into the implementation of European Framework 7 funding. He was also part of a team that implemented the Full Economic Costing Research Accounting System.
In June 2007 Craig moved to the role of Team Leader for Research Finance for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. Within this role Craig managed a team of 5 Accountancy Assistants. He was responsible for the Schools of Cancer Sciences, Dentistry and Health and Population Sciences, including responsibility for all 3 trials units. Craig worked closely with the Governance team looking at processes and improving procedures. He was also a member of the Clinical Trials Admin Working Group implementing admin processes for Clinical Trials auditable by the MHRA.
In February 2013 he joined the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office following a career change from Finance to Research Facilitation moving from the Finance Office out to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. Craig became the Senior Research Facilitator for the School of Health and Population Sciences. As a member of the School Executive Committee, the School Research Committee, and the School Executive Management Team Craig worked closely with the Head of School, School Research Leads, and School Manager to support the Research infrastructure. Craig was part of the team that delivered on the 2014 Research and Excellence Framework return for Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care (Unit of Assessment 2).
In December 2013 Craig became Deputy of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office quickly moving to the role of Research Support Partner for the College following a University restructure. Craig managed a team of 5 with responsibility for research application submissions across the College covering almost 50% of the University’s research income.
In December 2015 Craig was appointed to Institute Manager for 3 of the College’s 8 Institutes responsible for administration and strategic oversight for the Institutes of Inflammation and Ageing, Immunology and Immunotherapy, and Microbiology and Infection. Craig manages a team of 20 staff dedicated to supporting our academic staff to deliver on HR, Finance, and Communications. Craig’s team are also responsible for ensuring compliance in line with the HE Sector, University, and College requirements.