GuildHE has today announced the appointment of the first Research Network Co-ordinator for the CREST – Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training – is Dr Alisa Miller. Dr Miller started her studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the USA and continued to gain a masters degree from the LSE in London, completing her DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford. Her academic focus and interest is in the First World War and its literature and she has expertise in the development of national data sources and data bases as well as conference organisation.

Professor Chris Gaskell, Principal of the Royal Agricultural College, who, as Vice Chair of GuildHE leads on CREST activity, expressed his congratulations to Dr Miller at her appointment to this key role in CREST’s work. “I am delighted to learn that Alisa will be leading the support for the research excellence with the GuildHE community and for further CREST members in the future. We wish her well as she takes up this significant role. The research work that the “islands of excellence” have achieved deserves greater recognition and we are confident that Dr Miller will help write the next chapter of a UK success story.”

Dr Miller said, “It is very exciting to be the first Co-ordinator for CREST and help with its creation and development. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with many colleagues from such a wide range of subjects and with multi- disciplinary interests, to learn about their research work and to support its continuation and expansion. The chance to support postgraduate students building on the resources within the institutions and the academic community that comprises the CREST network is another attractive feature of the post. I am thrilled to have this opportunity, and can’t wait to get started.”

Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Director of CREST and Chair of the GuildHE Research Network, commented, “It is excellent to know that someone with Dr Miller’s experience and knowledge of postgraduate experience will be able to work with the unique expertise within our specialist areas within the CREST institutions. GuildHE and its members will look forward to working with her to ensure the development of mutual support and good practice exchange which characterises the CREST research community. The future challenges to academics seeking to develop their work in tightened financial times will be great. But we are sure the benefits of working together and developing new collaborations will lead to research success and to more opportunities with the respective industries.”

For more information, please contact:
Alice Hynes
GuildHE Chief Executive
Tel: 020 7387 7711

Notes to editors

1. For more information on CREST please visit

2. News article on the “islands of excellence” can be found at

3. GuildHE members are among the most dynamic and fastest-growing institutions in higher education. For a list of GuildHE institutions, please visit:


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