About Jenny Ames
Jenny Ames BSc, PhD, PGCert, FRSC, FIFST, FLF, MAC
I founded Jenny Ames Consulting Ltd in 2017, following a 35 year career in academia. While in the university sector, I focused on research and collaborating with non-academic organisations, including as a senior academia leader. My extensive experience in pre- and post-’92 universities in different parts of the UK made me acutely aware of the lack of connectedness between academia and other organisations, as well as the frequent need for academics to be supported to engage with different sectors. Likewise, non-academic organisations frequently struggled to understand how to engage with a university.
I have completed the following leadership programmes:
Jenny has completed some really valuable coaching work for us, supporting mid-career researchers. Jenny likes to understand the organisational context in which she's working so a lot of the careful, preparatory work ensured successful and genuinely valued outcomes following the programme of group-based coaching (this was evident from the feedback). Jenny worked successfully with researchers from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and this contributed to the powerful, and we expect sustainable, group dynamic that has been established. Jenny is an exemplary listener and builds reflective evaluation into her practice at every stage. Her own extensive experience of the sector gives her a strategic, but also humane, insight into what it means to successfully build research careers in complex, organisational cultures.Professor David AmigoniPro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Keele University.
I would recommend the training my colleagues and I received on writing impact case studies. The session was really useful and intellectually stimulating. I feel the day met the objectives we wanted, which was to help staff understand what impact and evidence is. The level of feedback each of the participants received on their particular case studies was very good. We feel much more confident in identifying the kinds of impact our research has on the world beyond academia.Dr Samantha BroadheadHead of Research, Leeds Arts University
Over the last four months I have worked with Jenny on enhancing partnership and funding opportunities to develop our company’s research programme. Her knowledge of the food sector and working collaboratively with many agencies and groups has been tremendously beneficial. Her university experience has provided insight into a wider wide range of studentships and activities that could be of benefit to us. She is enthusiastic to work with, very committed to the task, and delivered very comprehensive reports on time.Head of Research at a Food and Beverage Company
Jenny brings a supportive, non-judgemental approach to coaching encounters. She mentored me in a key career transition through listening and posing challenging questions that made me think differently about significant issues. Her listening skills and reflections enabled me to move forward with my thinking and reframe situations in ways that created opportunity. She modelled boundaries and respect, keeping our conversations confidential and taking issues seriously, to provide strategic input drawn from her deep knowledge of the Higher Education landscape.Early Career Researcher
Jenny’s consultancy services have been a real asset to the development of research planning at our institution. She knew instinctively the nuances of the brief we provided, and her extensive network of contacts across the UK HE sector were invaluable in gathering quickly and efficiently the intelligence that we required. She operates with total confidentiality and we have full confidence in the information that she garnered. We anticipate further engagement with Jenny as we move forward the implementation of our relaunched research strategy and as we develop submissions for the REF.Professor Rob AitkenDeputy Vice Chancellor, Research and International, York St John University
I worked very successfully with Jenny when she was based at Northumbria University and I was establishing a new career linking the food industry with scientific expertise in academia. Jenny was excellent at bringing together academics from a range of subject areas with non-academic colleagues to address a specific challenge. As a result of my contacts in the food industry, we were able to form various teams containing people from industry and academia to address identified challenges faced by the food industry. The industry partners very much appreciated the approach Jenny took to ensure that the research undertaken in the universities had real relevance to industry needs. It was a pleasure to work with Jenny – she is dynamic and always delivers on time.Alan MarsonManaging Director, New-Food Innovations Ltd, Nottingham
Jenny possesses considerable experience of all aspects of research management and leadership across a wide range of subject areas. As Associate Dean for Research and Innovation she was instrumental in the Faculty’s success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Jenny has particular knowledge and expertise around research impact. Two of our submissions (to units of assessment 3 and 6) achieved excellent scores indicating that over 90% of the impact was judged to be outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*).Professor Steven NeillPro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol
Jenny is a delight to work with. Drawing on her extensive network of contacts, she was an excellent ‘local lead’ for a Healthy Cities initiative managed by University Alliance, and the founding Chair of our Research Impact Working Group where she brought energy and enthusiasm, coupled with detailed knowledge of research and collaborative working, to the benefit of impact managers across many different institutions. Jenny was also a significant contributor to the University Alliance Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Network, helping to develop our multi-institution Doctoral Training Alliance.Faye TaylorHead of Programmes, University Alliance, London