Professor Barnett has over 15 years’ experience of senior strategic leadership in the UK university sector and most recently was Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). In that role she was responsible for: developing and implementing the research with impact strategic plan theme; leading the creation of the NTU Doctoral School; leading the NTU research commercialisation portfolio; and NTU lead for the development of strategic compacts with a broad range of NHS and health and social care delivery organisations and key companies in the life sciences sector in the East Midlands region. Prior to that she was: Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Head of The College of Arts and Science at NTU; Pro Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement and Academic Enterprise at NTU; Head of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster and University Graduate Dean.
Professor Barnett has active research interests in the causes and mechanisms of cancer and ageing, and has authored over 110 peer-reviewed original research papers. She has supervised, to successful completion, 20 PhD students. During her career she has secured over £35 million of funding from a range of regional, national and international bodies to support successful teaching, research and innovation initiatives.
Yvonne is currently Deputy Chair of the REF 2021 A03 Sub-Panel for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, President of the Heads of University Centres for Biomedical Sciences; is Director of Medilink East Midlands and was a long-standing Non-Executive Director of BioCity Group Ltd. She is also a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science. In addition, she chaired the current QAA national benchmark group for Biomedical Sciences and the UUK Gold Open Access Working Group on Good Practice Guidelines. She was founding Director of the highly successful national Doctoral Training Alliance in Applied Biosciences for Health, at its inception this was a consortia of 19 Alliance Group universities. Yvonne was a Trustee of NESTA; and has been an active executive members of a number of other learned societies and regional innovation agencies and initiatives.
Yvonne has undertaken external examining across the UK for PhDs, is a member of research and innovation grant awarding bodies and is a regular reviewer for a range of journals in the broad field of life sciences.