A little more information on our speakers for DARTS6!

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Kara Jones is the Head of Library Research Services at the University of Bath. Her professional interests are in open access, library branding and reputation, and innovation in library services. She has worked in academic libraries in the UK, Australia and the Middle East.







Mandy DARTSMandy Smith is the Information Specialist for engineering and Research Support Coordinator at Cranfield’s Defence and Security (CDS) campus, based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. As well as supporting masters students, research students and academic staff, working closely with the Doctoral Community at CDS she coordinates and delivers research training and is on various steering groups organising events that support research, such as the Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium and the Academic Writing and Communication Fair. She also sits on the cross-campus Research Support Working Group and is a member of the DARTS organising committee. Outside of work Mandy enjoys music gigs, running, cycling and reading. If only there were more time!


Georgina and Emma
Georgina and Emma working on an early version of the Impact Game

Emma Turner is the information specialist for aerospace at Cranfield University. She enjoys supporting masters students, PhDs and academic staff to make the best use of library resources and navigate their way to open access. She is interested in developing innovative resources for research support. Outside the library she has a black belt in tae kwon do and an unhealthy obsession with crocheting blankets.

Georgina Parsons is Cranfield’s Research Data Manager. With a technical background, she loves introducing researchers to the benefits of Cranfield’s data repository and prioritises making data management processes and compliance as simple (and fun) as possible for researchers of all levels. She has a blue belt in kickboxing and prefers to crochet novelty headwear. Emma holds Georgina entirely responsible for her crochet addiction.




CPCatherine Parker has worked at the University of Huddersfield for nearly 20 years, in a variety of roles including Journals librarian and Subject librarian. She is currently the Collections & Scholarly Communications librarian managing several teams including acquisitions, Open Access, subscriptions and the University Press. Catherine is a keen advocate of the Open Access movement and aspires to work closely with colleagues across the University with the aim of a successful REF 2021 submission. She is a Fellow of the HEA and gained her PGCHE in 2016.








Chris Morrison is the Copyright, Software Licensing and IS Policy manager at the University of Kent, responsible for copyright policy, licences, training and advice. He was previously the Copyright Assurance Manager at the British Library and before that worked for music collecting society PRS for Music. Along with Dr Jane Secker he is co-author of the second edition of Copyright and E-learning a Guide for Practitioners (Facet), and with Jane co-founded the award winning copyrightliteracy.org blog. Chris is a member of the Universities UK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group, has a postgraduate diploma in copyright law from King’s College London and is currently undertaking a masters research project into the interpretation and application of copyright exceptions in UK higher education.






Dr Jane Secker is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London. Prior to this she was the Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE. Jane is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a Guide for Practitioners co-authored with Chris Morrison. She has been a member of the Universities UK Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee since 2006, which negotiates license for the higher education sector and advises Universities UK on national and EU copyright initiatives. Jane maintains the website copyrightliteracy.org with Chris, where their copyright educational resources such as Copyright the Card Game and The Publishing Trap can be downloaded. They tweet as @UKCopyrightLit






Cuna Ekmekcioglu has worked in the fields of digital libraries, online learning and teaching, and designed and developed distance education courses and learning materials. She has led a range of research projects and presented and published widely in these areas. She was the lead editor for the Research Data MANTRA online course during 2010-11. She is currently leading the Research Data Management (RDM) training and outreach, and Information Governance work for the Data Safe Haven project at the University of Edinburgh. She has an MSc in Information Management, PhD in Information Science, and PGCE in Information Technology and Education.



Lisa Clughen - PhotoLisa Clughen is a senior lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), she is also holds the role of Academic Support Coordinator with a special interest in academic literacies. In 2002, Lisa established the Arts and Humanities Academic Support Service (ASS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). There were few writing centres in the UK at the time and even fewer, if any, School-specific centres when she assumed her position. Lisa was therefore given carte blanche both to shape the service: to theorise, strategise and implement policies on effective Academic Support and to provide the support itself.


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