Project Manager - Strategy and Planning
Nicola Edwards née Dowds
Currently I am working for the School of Computer Science and Informatics to help develop its vision for the future following a period of significant growth. Previously I was Project Manager for the EPSRC funded Chatty Factories research project.
I have a background in policy development and worked as senior policy advisor and operations manager at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Whilst at HEFCE I also undertook the role of Secretary to committees established by central government, including the Better Regulation Review Group for Higher Education. After leaving HEFCE I worked as an independent contractor for a few years doing small research and evaluation projects in the higher education sector. Later I took on a general management role in the third sector before joining Cardiff University.
I am a social scientist with an M.Sc. in social policy from Bristol University. Prior to moving into the area of policy development I worked as a research officer on an ESRC funded project at the University of Bath and as a research assistant at the Home Office’s Research and Planning Unit.