Katherine Stephan, Research Support Librarian and Academic Liaison Librarian, Liverpool John Moores University

Katherine StephanKatherine Stephan is a Research Support Librarian and an Academic Liaison Librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She is keen to work with and learn from others that support and advocate for open research via: open data, open access publishing, engagement events and work with the wider public and public libraries.

Judith Carr, Research Data Manager, University of Liverpool

Judith Carr

Judith Carr is the Research Data Manager at the University of Liverpool. Liverpool Research Data, the research data management service is based in The Library.  Her role is outward-facing and involves promoting and developing the service with researchers and other Professional Services. Promoting and advocating research data management and Open Research, through workshops, advice, guidance, engagement events and projects

Katie Evans, Research Analytics Librarian, University of Bath

Katie EvansKatie established the University of Bath’s Library Research Analytics Service (i.e. bibliometrics service) in 2014. Katie spends a lot of time outside of the Library, working with researchers and other Professional Services, to develop and deliver this service. Research analytics is a relatively new area and Katie has been active in developing practitioner communities that bring together librarians, research managers and other practitioners, e.g. the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum and UK SciVal User Group. Katie is currently working on a collaborative project with University of Bath’s International Relations Office to better understand the University’s international partnerships.


Elaine Andrew, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Sunderland

Elaine AndrewElaine Andrew is Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Sunderland, working with the schools of Nursing & Health Sciences and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her role involves teaching of information literacy skills, including skills for systematic searching, to students across a range of Health Sciences disciplines.


Charley Vaughton, Research Support Librarian, University of the West of England

Charley VaughtonCharley is the Research Support Librarian at UWE Bristol. Her main responsibility is managing the Research and Data Repositories, which involves training researchers and library staff on why and how they should use them, producing reports for faculties, and answering questions about REF compliance. Outside work she can be found exploring other countries on holiday, cuddling guinea-pigs, and reading.       


Jenny Coombs, Academic Team Manager (Library and Learning Services), De Montfort University

Jenny-CoombsJenny Coombs is an Academic Team Manager at De Montfort University Library and Learning Services. Her role involves managing a team of academic liaison librarians to support teaching, collection development and research activities within the university. Jenny has a particular portfolio for research support, alongside developing liaison support and quality activities relating to partner institution. She is particularly interested in how  libraries without any dedicated research team can support research activities through collaborative working. She currently holds the office of Events Organiser for the Midlands Library Research Support Group, a Community of Practice initiative to share best practice around research support activities.

Kirstyn Radford, Research Support Librarian, University of Hull

Kirstyn-RadfordKirstyn is currently the solo Research Support Librarian at the University of Hull,  after 5 years in the University of York’s Research Support Team of four people.  Her role encompasses support for many aspects of the scholarly publishing process, including PhD theses, repository collections, Gold open access finance and REF/funder compliance.


Clair M. Castle, Librarian, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Clair©University of CambridgeClair graduated from Loughborough University in 1996 with a Joint Honours degree in Information & Library Studies and German, and is a Chartered member of CILIP. Clair has worked at the University of Cambridge for over 20 years in various libraries. Clair has been managing the Department of Chemistry Library service since October 2013, and has been closely involved with the University’s Data Champions Programme  since it was established in 2016. She teaches graduate students in RDM and has a special interest in advocating open research.

Andrew M. Cox, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Andrew Cox Andrew Cox is a senior lecturer at the Information School, University of Sheffield. He is the School’s Director of Research and head of the Digital Societies research group. His research interests include library futures, the development of the profession, and library space. 

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