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The MIB operates in the space between disciplines and faculties in a culture that transcends all boundaries and fosters a sense of community required to generate innovation at the interface.

The MIB works in partnership with all three Faculties of The University of Manchester, and all group leaders in the Institute are members of Schools within the University. Our work is fully integrated into the research strategy of the University with the MIB providing the skills, infrastructure and culture to develop and establish multi-skilled interdisciplinary teams with critical mass. This generates unique capabilities in biotechnology research that cannot be realised through virtual associations between academic or research units as well as provides a highly attractive training environment.


Lesley-Ann is responsible for the administrative support in the Institute and manages all internal and external communications within the MIB to effectively promote the strategic vision and research developments and opportunities to a wide audience. She also oversees the allocation of laboratory and office space in the Institute and provides EA support to the Director.

Lesley-Ann Miller
Communications Manager
Tel: 0161 306 8917 | Room : 3.021 | Email:
Roles: Lab and office allocation, communications and marketing, EA to the Director, Administration Support Manager, Telecoms Liaison Officer, H&S DSE Assessor

Zoe Wood
Tel: 0161 306 5200 | Email:
Roles: personnel database, locker and office keys, courier, general administrative support, access card approvals.

Research and Planning

Kirk is responsible for developing the MIB’s translational activities, and expanding commercial interactions with industry, to fully exploit and deliver research impact

Dr. Kirk Malone
Director of Commercialisation
Tel: 0161 306 0245|
Roles: development of MIB industrial strategy

Jo works to establish, develop and facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between academia and industry across a broad range of disciplines, services and facilities at MIB and the Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals (COEBP).  She also manages an EPSRC- and BBSRC-funded Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) designed to stimulate collaborations between academia and the pharma/biotech industry, integrate new technologies and provide skills training in the UK and beyond.

Dr. Joanne Flannelly
Business Development Manager
Tel: 0161 306 0503| Email:
Roles: industry liaison; interface between MIB core facilities and industry

For further information please see our Research Support pages.


Safety and Risk

Tanya is responsible of all aspects of health, safety and risk management in the Institute.

Tanya Aspinall
Safety and Risk Manager
Tel: 0161 306 5175 | Email:
Roles: health and safety, fire drills and evacuation, biological safety manager, lab inspections, access


Technical Support

Alan is responsible for the development and maintenance of all core support services within the MIB managing a team of technicians.  Core services include stores, mechanical and electronic workshops and media and glassware.  In addition, Paul is the main contact for all aspects of estates and building management including maintenance, cleaning and security.

Alan Kniveton

Acting Technical Support Services Manager

Tel: internal 7764473 | Email: 

Roles: core support services, estates and building management, house services and security

Absence from the MIB (MIB PS only)

Reporting Sick

In compliance with the University’s Policy and Procedures for Sickness Absence ALL staff are required to self-certify from days 1 – 7.

Notification and Certification

All absences from work due to sickness must be notified to your Line Manager. The data which is collected will be analysed on an ongoing basis and submitted to Payroll. When absent from work due to sickness or accident, members of staff are required to adhere to the Notification and Certification Procedure, compliance with which is a requirement of entitlement to and payment of SSP and Occupational Sick Pay, where appropriate.

For absence of seven days or less, a University self-certification form must be completed and submitted on the day of return for the recording of sickness absence.

Following the seventh day, the member of staff must produce a doctor’s medical certificate covering any further periods of sickness in the same absence period. The reverse side of the certificate must be completed before submission. The final medical certificate of a period of absence must clearly show that the doctor considers the member of staff fit to return to resume work on a specified date. A member of staff will not be permitted to return to work before the specified date on the medical certificate. When calculating an absence period, note that weekends are counted as days of absence.

Return to Work Interviews

MIB managers will make contact with an employee returning to work after each spell of sickness absence to undertake a Return to Work interview.  The full University policy can be downloaded from


ALL holiday requests should be discussed and agreed with your Supervisor/Line manager in writing.

Any Other Reasons

If you are required to be away from the workplace for any other reason ie. appointments, compassionate leave, etc. please notify your Supervisor/line manager.