REALab is a platform for researchers, academics and non-University stakeholders to develop skills and collaborations that can create impact across organisations, academic disciplines and geographical distances. Since it was established in 2014 by Rosalinda Quintieri, founder and director, REAlab has stimulated connections and innovation through skills development training and consultancy projects with the aim of addressing business challenges faced by partners but also addressing wider fundamental challenges that are of high social relevance, such as the environment, gender equality, inclusive education.

The model has since developed into different initiatives delivered in partnership with Universities and Doctoral Training Partnerships. From 2020 Rosalinda leads on the Collaboration Labs programme, a flagship doctoral training initiative based at the University of Manchester, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with the support of the AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) and the ESRC-funded North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP).

Get in touch to discuss how REALab can support your organisation to create innovation through research.

Rosalinda Quintieri

Founder and Director

Former art historian, published author. PhD from University of Manchester (2018). Higher Education consultant since 2014. Rosalinda is the creator of the REAlab model and Director of the Collaboration Labs programme, at the University of Manchester. She brings over 15 years of experience in training and development and cultural management to the design and implementation of innovative solutions for knowledge exchange and researcher development. She leads on all aspects of programme design and delivery, strategy and marketing, partner recruitment and researcher support. Each year Rosalinda collaborates with the best qualified training consultants, executive coaches and marketing specialists to bring to life the different modules that create the REAlab experience.


Yvonne McLean
Training Consultant
Yvonne is a management trainer and coach with more than 15 years experience in the voluntary and public sectors in a variety of senior roles. She is the founder and lead consultant of Inkling Training and Coaching, which aims to equip people with tangible and effective management tools and developing core psychological competencies in order to increase individual and organisational capability. For REAlab she is lead workshop facilitator on project management skills.

George Konstantakopoulos
Training Consultant
George is Business Innovation Lead at FutureEverything, an award-winning innovation lab and cultural social enterprise established in 1995, which has helped shape the emergence of digital culture in Europe. George facilitates workshops to shape collaborations between the Arts, Industry and Academia and is also a mentor and a coach in shaping ideas to create practical solutions. He is the founder of Manchester Social Entrepreneurs. George is lead workshop facilitator on the Innovation Labs as part of the Collaboration Labs programme.

Jessica Symons
Coaching Consultant
Jessica is an anthropologist and creative digital consultant with over 25 years experience across public, private and third sectors, as a researcher in the University of Manchester and as an IT consultant in large multinationals, SMEs and startups. She now runs her own creative digital studio and innovation consultancy, Visioning Lab, which specialises in creative development, new technologies and developing ideas into projects. Jessica is as academic reviewer and coach as part of the Collaboration Labs programme.

Suzanne Spicer
Training Consultant
Suzanne is working on The University of Manchester’s innovative social responsibility strategic change initiative. Originally a secondary geography teacher, Suzanne spent over twenty years working in museum and heritage learning gaining extensive experience of working with the public. Suzanne is also joint author of the Vitae ‘The Engaging Researcher’ booklet. She is an Associate of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and regularly delivers national evaluation training. She has collaborated with REALab as lead workshop facilitator on project evaluation and research impact.

Dee-Ann Johnson
Training Consultant
Dee-Ann works at The University of Manchester where she is responsible for delivering learning and development interventions to early career researchers and senior academics across a range of professional skills, most notably in the areas of communication, public engagement, leadership, networking, and career development. She is also a qualified executive coach, and is regularly invited by Vitae and UK funding bodies including The Royal Society, and the Nuffield Foundation to facilitate and deliver training and development initiatives. Dee-Ann has collaborated with REALab as lead workshop facilitator on communication, negotiation and stakeholder engagement.