Stef Thorne is currently Head of the newly formed department of Research and Enterprise Services.
This includes responsibility for supporting the pre-award function for research and enterprise income, the Graduate School, the university Researcher Development Programme, Research Ethics and Governance, the management of the Research Colloquium, support for the R&E Committee and the development of the research environment and culture at University of Suffolk.
Stef is an elected member of the Executive of the UK Council of Graduate Education (UKCGE)and presents at both national and international conferences on matters related to the development of postgraduate research education.
Prior to the University of Suffolk Stef was the Graduate School Manager and Principal Administrative Officer for Research at the University of East London where she managed both the postgraduate research and research office provision. During that role she was also seconded to HEFCE to act as an assistant panel secretary for RAE2008.
Outside the university and higher education, Stef acts as a Governor for a local primary school with responsibility for Chairing the Curriculum Committee, enjoys open water swimming at the weekends (particularly along the Suffolk Coast) and devotes the rest of her time to raising her sons.