Dr Sally Whiteman


BA (University of Oxford (Botany) 1986 (converted to MA 1990); D.Phil. (University of Oxford) Plant Biochemistry, 1990. My thesis investigated one aspect of the control of plant growth and development, through determining the characteristics of a membrane-bound protein involved in the regulation of intracellular calcium concentrations and cell signalling.  

Following my D.Phil., I worked for Unilever Research and Develpment investigating the properties of plant proteins that influenced the properties of plant-based food products, such as pasta sauces, tea and ice-cream. I have also undertaken postdoctoral research at the University of York, investigating the use of advanced proteomic techniques to identify novel membrane-bound proteins. I have also worked in a number of cross-University initiatives, including developing transferable skills training for postdoctoral researchers, and project monitoring of a multidisciplinary project with partners at the Universities of Hull, Sheffield, Leeds and York, which researched and developed low carbon initiatives.


  • Research Impact
  • Pathways to Impact
  • REF impact case studies

Research interests

Responsible for undertaking a range of activities to assist academics with delivery of impact (benefit to society and the economy) from excellent research to external beneficiaries. 

  1. Up to date awareness of changing external agenda and funding for impact from research.
  2. Member of University of Leeds REF2021 University-wide Impact Group, representing FBS.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of diverse routes to impact from all types of FBS research, use this ti guide development of new routes to delivery of impact.
  4. Pre-award support for impact-related parts of grant proposals, including Research Council Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact.
  5. Promotion, development and monitoring of FBS Impact and Innovation funding.
  6. Liaison with University of Leeds Research and Innovation Services and Commercialisation Services staff to identify new opportunities and support development of early stage commercialisation opportunities. Protection of Intellectual Property.
  7. Faculty REF2021 impact lead, with responsibility for identification and development of impact case studies for REF2021 and beyond.
  8. Communication of impact-related agenda to Faculty.
  9. Member of cross-university Impact Network, and REF impact sub-group of this network, to share and develop best practice in impact-related activities.



  • MA (University of Oxford);
  • D.Phil. (1990, University of Oxford)

Student education