Bill Hubbard

Director of the Centre for Research Communications

Bill Hubbard is the Director of the Centre for Research Communications (CRC), incorporating the work of SHERPA. Bill has a background in innovative developments of ICT in higher education and research and associated change management; in particular in work aiming to embed ICT into university functions and working practices. Previous work has been in the use of Expert Systems to support decision making, designing information systems for managing research funding and a number of years working with the introduction of multimedia into university teaching and learning. Bill’s commercial experience includes three years as a unit head, managing projects in virtual reality applications for communications, installations and broadcast, specialising in virtual heritage environments. Before this he worked as a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, leading a BA degree course in Multimedia Design and has been an honorary lecturer in the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Bill speaks widely on innovation in communication and research, including open access and related issues – repository network development, institutional integration, cultural change, IPR and policy development. He is also involved in archaeological and heritage applications of new media and sits on the Channel 4 Award jury for new media archaeology.

Azhar Hussain

Project Manager – Open Access Services 

Azhar is the CRC Open Access Services Co-ordinator, based at the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining CRC Azhar has held a variety of positions in Higher Education and the NHS ranging from roles as Project Manager to Operations Manager. Azhar has extensive experience in the field of institutional research repositories and academic research processes .

Outside work, Azhar has a keen interest in the field of Open Access, OER’s, Digital Libraries and Open Source Learning Technologies.

Jane H.S. Anders

Services Development Officer

Jane H.S. Anders is the Services Development Officer of SHERPA, based at the University of Nottingham.  Jane is responsible for the content of RoMEO and JULIET, as well as providing support for FACT. Previously she has been employed as an Information Scientist with a leading biomedical charity, where she worked on a busy science enquiry service.

Jane holds a degree in Immunology from the University of Edinburgh, a Master’s degree in Electronic Information Management from Robert Gordon University and is a Chartered member of CILIP.  Outside work, Jane is a keen dancer, crafter and researches historical textile techniques.

Peter Millington

Technical Development Officer

Peter Millington gained a BSc in Information Science from Leeds Polytechnic, and went on to run the technical library and information unit for the Central Electricity Generating Board, Midlands Region – now E.On. This role also included managing the publication of internal scientfic reports. He later moved to Fisons Pharmaceuticals, Loughborough – later AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood – to develop bibliographic and chemical databases to help expedite the drug discovery process.

On leaving AstraZeneca, Peter completed a PhD on traditional drama at the University of Sheffield, so he has first hand experience of the needs of practitioners in both science & technology, and the arts & humanities.

 Alison McNab

Research Community Engagement Officer

Alison McNab is the part-time Research Community Engagement Officer at the CRC, providing communications and marketing support for the SHERPA/REF project.  Her main post, also at the University of Nottingham, is as a Research Support Librarian, with particular responsibilities for open access support and reference management software.  She is an academic librarian with experience in senior and middle management in four university libraries. Her professional specialism in promoting and exploiting e-content led to her early adoption of social media and Web 2.0 tools.

Alison has a degree in Politics/International Relations from the University of Aberdeen,  a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Stephen Pinfield

Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield

Stephen Pinfield is External Adviser to the Centre for Research Communications, based at the University of Sheffield, where he is Senior Lecturer in the Information School. Previous to this he was Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham and Director of SHERPA. He has been active for a number of years in the areas of open access, open data and open educational resources. He speaks and publishes widely on these and related subjects.

Stephen has a degree in History from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s degree from University College London in Library and Information Studies. He has a PhD from Nottingham University Business School on open-access publishing and dissemination.

Caroline Williams

Director of Libraries, Research and Learning Resources

Caroline Williams is the Director of Libraries, Research and Learning Resources at the University of Nottingham. She has a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in Library and Information Studies and an MBA. Whilst studying for her MBA Caroline worked at the Open University and Manchester Metropolitan University and became increasingly interested in information technology and management and leadership practice. These interests developed and in 2004 Caroline became Executive Director of Intute (formerly the RDN) at the national data centre Mimas at the University of Manchester, then in 2008 she was appointed to the role of Mimas Deputy Director. It was in these positions that Caroline gained experience of leading organisational transition and change. She became an MSP Advanced Practitioner in 2006, and in 2007 was the winner of the Jason Farradane Award in recognition of outstanding work in the field of information science.


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