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Contracts

‌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:

http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=49878

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 Contracts Managers, Contracts Officers and Contracts Assistants, with each role 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

  • Subcontracts - outgoing and incoming
  • Incoming MTAs
  • Outgoing Human Tissue MTAs
  • Standalone Data Transfer Agreements
  • Novation Agreements
  • Negotiable inter-university collaboration (including GCRF)
  • Government department contracts
  • Review of changes to the UoM standard Sales Order

Contracts Managers

  • Research Funding Agreements
  • 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
  • Visiting Researcher / Secondment Agreements
  • Student Exchanges / Placements 
  • IT and Software Agreement
  • Equipment Transfer Agreements   
  • Outgoing Service Agreements  
  •          
 

Contacts

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

Contracts Team

Name Responsibilities Contact
Lisa Murphy
Head of Contracts
  • Graphene Projects connected to GEIC or NGI 
  • Strategic and Framework agreements

School of Medical Sciences

  • Cardiovascular Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Biology and Medicine
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology
  • Medical Education 
  • Cancer Sciences
57131
lisa.m.murphy@manchester.ac.uk
Séamus Byers
Senior 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
58797
seamus.byers@manchester.ac.uk

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 (including Eurolens Research)
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care

63995
helen.thornley@manchester.ac.uk

Jo Lewis
Contracts Manager
  • Professional Support Services
    • IT Services
    • Procurement 
    • Student Experience 
    • International Office
    • Manchester Museum
    • Jodrell Bank
    • The Whitworth Art Gallery
  • CRUK - Manchester Institute   

 

58273

joanne.lewis-2@manchester.ac.uk

 

Michelle Craven 
Contracts Manager- Maternity Cover until November 2021

(for Carly Green)

Humanities
  • Social Sciences & Law
  • Environment, Education and Development 
  • Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • Alliance MBS
  • Department of Earth and Environment
63063
michelle.craven@manchester.ac.uk
Katherine Vickers
Contracts Manager
  • Department of Materials
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences
58202
katherine.vickers@manchester.ac.uk
Luke Kiernan
Contracts Manager
  • Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)
58261
luke.a.kiernan@manchester.ac.uk

Mia Carmen
Contracts Manager

 

  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
50243
mia.carmen@manchester.ac.uk

Michael Murray
Contracts Officer

  • Faculty of Humanities (excluding AMBS)
  • School of Biological Sciences (All Divisions)
  • Department of Earth and Environment

58801
michael.murray@manchester.ac.uk

Ruth Pearson
Contracts Officer

  • School of Medical Sciences (All Divisions)
  • CRUK - Manchester Institute
  • Department of Materials
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

ruth.pearson@manchester.ac.uk
Holly Cornford
Contracts Officer
  • School of Health Sciences (All Divisions)
  • AMBS
  • Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)

holly.cornford@manchester.ac.uk

Andrea Thomas
Contracts Assistant

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Department of Materials
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

andrea.thomas@manchester.ac.uk

David Triggs
Contracts Assistant

  • Schools of Health Sciences
  • Schools of MedicalSciences
  • Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Earth and Environment
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)
david.triggs@manchester.ac.uk