Liz Simmonds

Liz is the Head of Research Culture at the University of Cambridge, responsible for driving the research culture agenda across the institution. She supports the Research Culture Steering Committee in setting the strategy and establishing the priorities for research culture. She manages the Action Research on Research Culture project, and chairs the Research Culture Operational Group, to ensure the delivery of a range of activities that support an improved research culture at Cambridge. She also works with universities, funders and other stakeholders nationally and internationally to help build a collaborative approach to tackling research culture across the Higher Education sector.

Liz has worked at the University of Cambridge for 15 years, primarily in roles supporting early career researchers. She co-established the University’s first Careers Service for Postdocs in 2007, offering individual support for researchers facing some of the biggest challenges in research culture. She then moved to Assistant Head of the Postdoc Academy in 2019, where she led the development of the University’s broader research culture agenda, including the first institutional action plan. Prior to joining the University, she held various roles in science communication and policy.

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