Professional Services in The College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences operates in close partnership with the NHS in the delivery of a broad range of clinical and biomedical educational programmes, with c.3400 undergraduate and c.1200 postgraduate students (700 taught and 500 research), and a significant (£295m) research portfolio.  The College is a major international centre for biomedical research, delivering world leading research activities to develop and nurture excellence in basic, clinical and applied health science, and to ultimately improve human health, as exemplified through Birmingham Health Partners

As Director of Operations, Dr Emma Robinson is responsible for directing and developing the College’s operations and administration and is part of the College’s leadership team and a member of the Registrar’s Leadership Group. The College Professional Services Senior Management Team works in partnership with and ensures the delivery of high quality support to academic colleagues in their teaching and research activities.  

Dr Emma Robinson

Dr Emma Robinson

Director of Operations

“MDS activity has a wide impact and relevance. What I find particularly rewarding is being able to directly support and contribute to this work, which is only made possible by virtue of the excellent professional services staff and strong ethos of partnership working embedded across the College.”

The College-wide Professional Services teams also provide support services for our students, from application to graduation, and to visitors and external partners. This includes providing specialist expertise across a range of activities including: technical and facilities support for teaching and research; research and knowledge transfer expertise to identify, develop and deliver research funding opportunities; student services support to enhance the student experience at UoB and in partner organisations; and marketing, alumni  and engagement activities.


College Administration


Marketing and Communications

  • Marketing
  • Internal Communications
  • Research Communications
  • Web and Digital Management
  • Admissions


Education Services and Support


Infrastructure and Facilities

  • Projects (New Build and Refurbishment of Estate)
  • Facilities Management
  • Technical Management and Support (Teaching and Research)
  • Technology Hub
  • Health & Safety
  • Security
  • Procurement
  • IT Services


Research and Knowledge Transfer

  • Research Development and Contracts
  • Postgraduate, Postdoctoral and Clinical Academic Training
  • Business Engagement and Technology Transfer
  • Project Management
  • Clinical Trials, Clinical Research and Governance
  • International Engagement
  • Joint Research Office
  • Health Fundraising 



  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Purchasing and Accounts


Human Resources

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Personnel Management
  • People and Organisational Development


Key People

Dr Emma Robinson
Director of Operations 
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3179

Robbie Roberts
Head of Administration
Tel: t: +44 (0)121 414 3360

Mark King
Head of Education Services and Support 
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7862

Karen Willis
Head of Infrastructure and Facilities
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2788

Dr Claire Potter
Acting Head of Research Knowledge and Transfer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3115

Sally Chance  
Head of Finance 
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8831

Sally Steele
Head of Human Resources
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9034

Simon Jones
College Planning Partner
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8894

Mark Connop 
IT Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6793

Claire Wickett
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2520


Institute Contacts

Allison Lander
Institute Manager
Cancer and Genomic Sciences, Metabolism and Systems Research
Tel: +44(0)121 414 7945

Craig Maskell
Institute Manager
Inflammation and Ageing, Immunology and Immunotherapy, Microbiology and Infection
Tel: +44 (0)121 371 3222

David Round
Institute Manager, Applied Health Research
+44 (0)121 414 2672

Helen Matthews
Institute Manager
Clinical Sciences, Cardiovascular Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6853