Ruth Lawford-Rolfe

Ruth Lawford-Rolfe


As Research Impact Manager my primary role is to support the School’s researchers to consider, develop and report on the wider impact and benefits of their research beyond academia. Working with the Director of Research Impact, I am responsible for developing and implementing the School’s strategic objectives in this area, and for reporting on progress to the School Research Committee.


I work closely with researchers to monitor the difference that their work makes to non-academic user groups including businesses, government agencies and charities. I am responsible for coordinating preparations for the research impact components of REF2021 and providing guidance to impact case study authors.


As part of my role, I am involved in research development, particularly supporting researchers with applied or user-focused proposals and pathways to impact plans. I also provide specialist input to research-partnerships. This includes contributing to the strategic partnership between the University of Leeds and the Met Office, and working with the NERC-funded Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme.


I joined the School of Earth and Environment in May 2012. Prior to this I spent 7 years as an environmental consultant and data analyst specialising in wave modelling and coastal flood risk mapping. During this time I delivered a wide range of projects for clients in the energy industry and government agencies.


Member of School of Earth and Environment Research Committee

Member of the University of Leeds Impact Group

Member of the University of Leeds – Met Office Partnership Committee

Coordinator of the University of Leeds Professional Network on Research Impact

PRINCE 2 Practitioner



  • BSc Mathematics with Oceanography, University of Southampton