Alistair Quaile

Alistair Quaile


I am the Research Impact Manager for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds, where I lead the development, support and monitoring of knowledge exchange (KE) and research impact activity. I sit on the University’s Research Impact and KE Steering Group, which provides oversight of research impact and KE activity, and co-lead the University’s Impact Network, a community of practice aimed at bringing staff together with an interest or responsibility for impact activity to develop skills, gain knowledge and improve service delivery.

I am a steering group member and Impact Lead for the Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER), a partnership between Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Trust; the Universities of Leeds, Bradford, and York; City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, Department for Education, and Educational Endowment Foundation. CAER supports the 208 schools in the Bradford District by improving outcomes for children and young people through data driven, community based, scientific approaches to tackling inequalities.

I was an external evaluator for the inaugural KE Concordat, a sector-led initiative to recognise, develop and improve the ways higher education providers engage in KE, where I examined England-wide institutional KE action plans.

I am a member of the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) Government Areas of Research Interest Sub-Committee, which provides a conduit between Chief Scientific Advisors offices within Government departments and the academic community through increasing understanding of Areas of Research Interest and facilitating dialogue between Government departments and the UPEN membership. I am also a member of the UPEN Devolved and Regional Sub-Committee, creating and delivering outputs that seek to improve regional policy engagement.

Before entering higher education I was a journalist and communications professional. I ran communications campaigns for national charities, was associate publisher for 13 healthcare publications, was editor of the Journal of Paramedic Practice, and a founding member of the Larrey Society, an independent cross-sector think tank established to help shape the future policy of emergency medical services.

Research Quality and Impact (RQI) team:


  • University of Leeds Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Steering Group Member
  • Co-Lead, University of Leeds Impact Network
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Knowledge Transfer Partnership Champion


  • MA(Hons) - University of Edinburgh
  • NCTJ

Professional memberships

  • Medical Journalists' Association