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Contracts

Many projects (research or otherwise) require the University to negotiate a contract with the other parties involved. The contract sets out the rights and obligations of each party and protects the interests of everyone involved. Some of the key issues to be negotiated may include:

  • Price – which may be determined with the help of your School or Business Engagement.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) – who will own the results of the project in question?
  • Publication – what are your rights and the procedures you need to follow.

Please do not negotiate or agree to any contractual terms and conditions orally or in writing without advice from a member of the Contracts Team, and in particularly, you should not sign any agreement. An oral contract is just as legally binding as a written contract.

There are a number of different types of agreement, and we will be able to advise you on which are required in each instance. Depending on your School and the type(s) of agreements you require, a named point of contact with the Contracts Team will be able to help you – you can find the correct member of the team in the table at the bottom of this page.

Within the Contracts Team, there are both Contracts Managers and Contracts Officers, with the roles having responsibility for different agreements. If you are unsure who to contact, the following list gives a basic guide and also provides further information on the main types of agreements we work with:

Contracts Officers

  • CDAs
  • Subcontracts & study-site agreements 
  • MTAs
  • Amendments
  • Sales orders
  • Data agreements (where personal data relating to an identifiable person is not involved)

Contracts Managers

  • Research contracts
  • Consultancies and service agreements
  • Studentships
  • Data agreements (where personal data relating to an identifiable person is involved)
  • Memoranda of understanding 
  • Heads of terms

Contacts

This is not an exhaustive list. If you have an agreement that does not fall under the categories listed above, the Contracts Manager or Contracts Officer for your school will be able to help and they are listed below:

Contracts team

Name Responsibilities Contact
Lisa Murphy
Head of Contracts
  • Graphene, Strategic and Framework agreements
57131
lisa.m.murphy@manchester.ac.uk
Naomi Bibby
Deputy Head of Contracts
  • School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Mathematics
52108
naomi.bibby@manchester.ac.uk
Seamus Byers
Contracts Manager
  • School of Biological Sciences
58797
seamus.byers@manchester.ac.uk
Michael Gwinnett
Contracts Manager
  • School of Medical Sciences
  • Eurolens Research
57132
michael.gwinnett@manchester.ac.uk
Helen Thornley
Contracts Manager
  • School of Health Sciences
63995helen.thornley@manchester.ac.uk
Jo Lewis
Contracts Manager
  • Professional Support Services
  • IT Services, Procurement, Student Experience & International Office
  • CRUK - MI

58273

joanne.lewis-2@manchester.ac.uk

 

Martin Buzys
Contracts Manager
  • Humanities
68168
martin.buzys@manchester.ac.uk
Katherine Vickers
Contracts Manager
  • School of Physics and Astronomy
  • School of Materials
  • School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences
58202
katherine.vickers@manchester.ac.uk
Luke Kiernan
Contracts Manager
  • School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • School of Chemistry
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
58261
luke.a.kiernan@manchester.ac.uk
Carly Green
Contracts Officer
  • Amendments/CDAs/MTAs/Subcontracts in
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
63063
carly.green@manchester.ac.uk
Michael Murray
Contracts Officer
  • Amendments/CDAs/ MTAs/Subcontracts in
  • School of Biological Sciences (All Divisions)
  • School of Physics and Astronomy
58801
michael.murray@manchester.ac.uk
Contracts Officer
  • Amendments/CDAs/MTAs/Subcontracts in
  • School of Medical Sciences (All Divisions)
  • CRUK - MI
  • School of Materials
  • School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences 
50242
Mia Carmen
Contracts Officer
  • Amendments/CDAs/MTAs/Subcontracts in
  • Humanities
  • School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • School of Computer Science
50243
Mia.carmen@manchester.ac.uk