“I am extremely grateful for the support of the Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. This one-year fellowship for 2018/2019 enabled me to refocus my research programme after a demanding four year period of service as Head of the Division of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering, the largest Research Division within the James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow.
"The fellowship has allowed me to devote my attention to strengthening my research portfolio, completing challenging experimental projects, consolidating important collaborations and preparing strong bids for follow on funding. I was able to shape major new funding bids during the fellowship and have secured robust funding (over £2M) for the next five years through the UK National Quantum Technology Programme and will be co-investigator of the QComm and QuantIC Quantum Technology hubs), co-investigator of an EPSRC Programme Grant, SPEXS and co-investigator of a Horizon 2020 project, ChipAI. I also co-chaired a major international conference in Glasgow (the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity - EUCAS2019) in September 2019, which was a great success (1000+ attendees and significant industry participation).
"My esteem in my field and in the wider UK science and engineering community has risen significantly: highlights include my election to Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the award of the James Joule Medal of the Institute of Physics.”