Research Services

Research Services enquiries number: 01865 (2)70143
Fax: 01865 (2)80467


Postal address: Research Services, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.

Director of Research Services: Dr Glenn Swafford
Executive Assistant to the Director of Research Services: Edwina Ingrouille

Research Services works with Oxford’s researchers, divisions, departments, collaborators and funders to facilitate world-class research.

Research Services' responsibilities include providing advice and information on funding opportunities, supporting major bids, reviewing and authorising applications, accepting new awards, sponsor liaison, negotiating research-related contracts, advising on the costing and pricing of research, clinical trials governance, human research ethics and research integrity, facilitating intellectual property management, regional partnerships in research and innovation, fostering public engagement with research, supporting the work of the Research Committee and related groups, and helping to profile the impacts of Oxford research. 

The Director of Research Services, Dr Glenn Swafford, reports to the Registrar. He works closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Managing Director of Oxford University Innovation and the Head of Research Accounts, as well as other colleagues in the academic divisions, UAS and Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM).

Profile of the Director of Research Services

Glenn Swafford graduated from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and studied for his Doctorate at Flinders University of South Australia before obtaining a Masters in Policy and Law from La Trobe University, Australia. He held a series of roles at a number of  universities including: lecturer and Sub Dean at the University of New England; Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Queensland University of Technology; and Head of the Research and Innovation Office at the University of Melbourne. He was Vice-Principal (Research) at Melbourne from 2006 until his appointment as Director of Research Services at Oxford in August 2007. He also served as Director of the Public Accounts Committee, New South Wales Parliament.

Glenn is Oxford’s representative on the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Senior Officers Network, an Oxford Ltd Board member, and a member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and of the Russell Group Research Directors Network.

He is a Fellow of St Cross College.