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Queen Mary Academy

Professor Janet De Wilde, BSc, MSc, MEd, PhD, MIET, FInstP, FIPEM, PFHEA


Director of the Queen Mary Academy

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2367
Room Number: Department W


I have worked in the Higher Education sector since 1988, and in academic practice development since 2005.

Following 5 years with an engineering firm as a Professional Engineer characterising transient signals, I started my academic journey as a researcher in the Electrical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. In 2000, I gained an academic position in the newly formed Bioengineering Department, here I taught undergraduates at Imperial College Medical School, both 1st and 4th years and Master’s students in the Bioengineering Department. I also supervised MSc projects and PhD Students.

Following a move to Scotland in 2005, I joined Heriot-Watt University where I had overall responsibility for a new university-wide researcher development strategy. I created and implemented 3 university wide researcher development programmes for 500 PhD students, 200 research staff and 400 academic staff.

In 2007, I joined the University of Edinburgh, where I was responsible for the strategic management of a pan university research consortium covering 6 major Scottish universities with a budget of £7 million over 5 years. This was a strategic alliance which involved the Scottish Funding Council and the Chief Scientist Office.

In 2011, I joined the Higher Education Academy as Head of STEM. I had a UK-wide role and led a separate team of 16, including 9 discipline experts, to develop learning and teaching in STEM subjects to improve the student learning experience including postgraduate research experience within the UK Higher Education sector

In 2014 I joined Queen Mary where I led the researcher development team to deliver university wide programmes of development to researchers, including 1000 PhD students, 1000 postdocs and 700 academic staff. This was an institutional wide remit including the Bart’s Medical School. I led and taught the research module on the PCGAP course

In 2015, I re-joined Imperial College to lead the Professional Development Unit to deliver ten programmes of development for approximately 4000 Masters and 4000 PhD students.

In 2020, I re-joined Queen Mary to lead the new Queen Mary Academy, this is a new unit with a remit to develop excellence in Education and Learning, Teaching Recognition and Researcher Development.


Research Interests:

Communities of Practice

Examples of research funding:

2012 £20k PI, Mathematics in the Disciplines, British Academy

2011: £36k; PI QA of Geometric Distortion, James Maxell Foundation

2010: £300k; PI SPR-ING award over 3 years to develop online training in translational imaging, Scottish Funding Council

2010: £250k; Co-applicant with Prof Wardlaw, Prof McNamme, Prof Martin, Dr Brazelli, Prof Sandercock, Prof Muir, Prof Hadley, National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme, Diagnostic Test and Test Technologies 09/22/169: An assessment of the cost-effectiveness of magnetic resonance including diffusion-weighted brain imaging in patients with transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke

2010: £1.12M; Co-applicant with Prof Wardlaw for SPIRIT award over 3 years to develop translational imaging research in Scotland, Scottish Funding Council

2010: £25k; Co-applicant with Prof Wardlaw, Dr Jane Haley, Mr Burkhard Schafer, Mr Robert Rae, Mr Donald Jarvie for “Brain Imaging and its Impact on Society”, Institute of Advance Studies,

2009: £3000; PI for PhD training, internal grant application University of Edinburgh

2009: £200K; Co-applicant with Prof Lerski for Centre of Evidence Based Purchasing, NHS PASA award over 2 years.

2008: £3000; PI for PhD training, internal grant application University of Edinburgh

1994-2005: £3.85M; Co-applicant with Prof Kitney on 11 Annual grant awards from Medical Devices Agency and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Each annual grant was £350k,  £3.85M over 11 years

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