Dr Bright is the Director of Research and Business Engagement and has worked for USW for 21 years. During that time, her profile has resulted in secondments to Welsh Government and The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (which is now Advance HE). Louise continues to be an influential colleague in various fora and continues to influence policy and practice in higher education by virtue of membership on boards and committees of external (and influential) organisations. These include being a peer reviewer for the HR Excellence in Research Award; Board member at South Gloucestershire and Stroud Further Education; lead for the Civic Mission interface with Universities Wales; and was a key member of the Chief Science Advisor for Wales Task and Finish Group which wrote a report considering women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medical research in Wales.
Louise has co-authored a research report published by the Leadership Foundation, the results of which were used to inform Welsh Government’s ambitious strategy to increase research capacity in science to enhance economic growth in Wales.