Contact the team

What we do

The research contracts team enables the academic community in the Faculty of Engineering to engage with sponsors and collaborators across the globe, including corporate partners, academia, UK and international government agencies and research councils, and charities.

We work closely with academic and professional support staff in each department to draft, review, negotiate and approve the terms of various research-related contracts.

How we can help

The team negotiates equitable terms that:

  • maximise academic freedom and research income;
  • minimise risks and administrative burden; and
  • ensure the College meets its ethical, fiscal and legal obligations.

We are part of a multi-faceted system that integrates with other Faculty of Engineering functions e.g. research services (pre- and post-award), corporate partnerships (growing collaborations with industry), and development (advancing the Faculty’s mission); and central College functions e.g. Research Office (which includes the EU team and MTA-in team), International Relations Office (development of international relationships) and Legal Services Office (legal counsel and advice).

We also work in conjunction with IC Consultants and Imperial Innovations to ensure seamless integration of opportunities lead by Imperial’s consultancy and technology transfer arms.
Please get in touch with us via our central email portal, monitored throughout the day, on: researchcontracts.engineering@imperial.ac.uk. You will then receive an email advising which member of the research contracts team will assist with your request.

Meet the team

  • Christian Wright

    Christian Wright

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    Christian Wright Head of Contracts

    +44 (0)20 7594 1283

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Christian joined Imperial in July 2009, having qualified as an Australian solicitor in a top-tier commercial law firm in Melbourne. Prior to that he worked at CSL Limited, a speciality biopharmaceutical company. Christian holds a graduate degree in Law from La Trobe University, and a degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Melbourne.

  • Dimitrios Batsalas

    Dimitrios Batsalas

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    Dimitrios Batsalas Contracts Manager

    +44 (0)20 7594 5044

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Dimitris joined Imperial in April 2016.  He previously worked at Middlesex University, negotiating contracts and providing advice on Intellectual Property issues. Dimitris has an LLM from Greece (where he is a qualified lawyer since 2008) and two Masters Degrees from UCL (2014, LLM in Intellectual Property) and the University of Warwick (2008, LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights).

  • Robbie Davis

    Robbie Davis

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    Robbie Davis Contracts Manager

    +44 (0)20 7594 3911

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Robbie joined the team in September 2016, having spent two and a half years in contract management at Cambridge Research Office, following work in pharmaceutical recruitment and the finance sector.

  • Olly Dean

    Olly Dean

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    Olly Dean Contracts Manager

    +44 (0)20 7594 3652

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Olly joined the Engineering Research Contracts team in July 2017. Over the previous ten years Olly has held various positions within the research support environment; including proposal development, grant finance and contracts negotiation. With these experiences, he has chosen to specialise in contracts management. Olly has a BA(Hons) in Business Studies and an LLM in Information, Technology and Intellectual Property Law.

  • Matt Bentley

    Matt Bentley

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    Matt Bentley Contracts Negotiator

    +44 (0)20 7594 5673

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Originally from New Zealand, Matt spent several years as a policy advisor in the public sector. In 2014 he moved to London and took up a series of roles in the academic research space, including at King's College London and the Royal Academy of Engineering, before joining Imperial in April 2017. He has a BA and a LLB, and directs theatre in his spare time.