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‌Many projects (research or otherwise) require the University to negotiate a contract with the other party or 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 please do not sign any agreement.

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.

Before a contract that covers the specifics of a project is put in place, discussions are often had between the university and the proposed partner. Should anything at all confidential be discussed, a confidentiality agreement, or CDA, should be used in order to protect the confidential nature of the information. The university has a standard, two way CDA that is our preferred document, and the link to this is included below for you to share with a prospective partner prior to disclosing confidential information:

If the partner organisation is happy with the terms it can be forwarded on to your contact in the contracts team for signature. Should the partner organisation request any changes to the terms, your contact will be able to advise on this for you. The contact details of all Contracts Team members can be found at the bottom of this page.

Until a CDA is signed off by an authorised signatory of the university, please do not disclose confidential information as part of any discussions.

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 Assistants

  • CDAs
  • Amendments
  • Incoming Brunswick collaboration agreements
  • NIHR (DoHSC) Agreements
  • Addgene MTAs
  • Standard NHS Digital - Data Sharing Agreements
  • Study Site Agreements (mNCA and PICA)


Contracts Officers

Contracts Officers

  • Subcontracts - outgoing and incoming
  • Incoming MTAs
  • Outgoing Human Tissue MTAs
  • Standalone Data Transfer Agreements
  • Novation Agreements
  • Negotiable inter-university collaboration (incld GCRF)
  • Government department contracts

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
  • Incoming Licence Agreements


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

aName Responsibilities Contact
Lisa Murphy
Head of Contracts
  • Graphene, Strategic and Framework agreements
Seamus Byers
Contracts Manager

School of Biological Sciences

  • Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Evolution and Genomic Sciences
  • Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine
  • Molecular and Cellular Function
  • Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences
  • Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology
Michael Gwinnett
Contracts Manager

School of Medical Sciences

  • Cardiovascular Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Biology and Medicine
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology
  • Medical Education 
  • Cancer Sciences
  • Eurolens Research

Helen Thornley
Contracts Manager


School of Health Sciences

  • Human Communication, Development and Hearing
  • Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
  • Pharmacy and Optometry (not including Eurolens)
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care


Jo Lewis
Contracts Manager
  • Professional Support Services (IT Services, Procurement, Student Experience & International Office)
  • CRUK - MI




Carly Green
Contracts Manager
  • Social Sciences & Law
  • Environment, Education and Development 
  • Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • Alliance MBS
  • Earth and Environment
Katherine Vickers
Contracts Manager
  • Department of Materials
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences
Luke Kiernan
Contracts Manager
  • Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

Mia Carmen
Contracts Manager

(maternity cover for Naomi Bibby)

  • Department ot EEE
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Astronomy

Michael Murray
Contracts Officer

  • Amendments/CDAs/ MTAs/Subcontracts in:
  • School of Biological Sciences (All Divisions)
  • School of Physics and Astronomy


Michelle Craven
Contracts Officer

  • Amendments/CDAs/MTAs/Subcontracts in:
  • School of Medical Sciences (All Divisions)
  • CRUK - MI
  • Department of Materials
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences 
Joseph Anderson
Contracts Officer
  • Amendments/CDAs/MTAs/Subcontracts in:
  • Humanities
  • Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Mathematics


  • Amendments/CDAs/MTAs/Subcontracts in:
  • School of Health Sciences (All Divisions)
  • Department of Earth and Environment
  • Department of Chemistry


Support for Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange across all Faculties for:

  • CDAs
  • KTPs
  • IAAs
  • Consultancy Agreements