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Digital Research team

Helping researchers make the most of digital technologies.

About the team

The Digital Research team was established to help researchers make use of advanced digital technologies, and to collect insights into the needs of researchers across the university.

Alison Clarke, Director of Digital Research, conducts engagement work with research leaders to create a digital research vision for the University, and to identify the opportunities that will differentiate the University. Alison is supported by a Digital Research team led by Erin Snyder, Digital Research Manager, and incorporating a Digital Research Specialist located in each of the five faculties.

Alison Clarke is the Director of Digital Research and leads the team of Digital Research Specialists.

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Alison graduated with a BSc in Physics with Medical Physics from the University of Exeter, and a Master's degree in Management (HE) from Loughborough University Business School. Alison has over 20 years’ experience in HE IT, and is currently working with researchers to create a world class digital research environment in her role as Digital Research Director at the University of Nottingham.

Alison’s previous leadership roles at the University of Nottingham were based within Information Services. As Global Director of IT Partnering and Service Design she led the strategic planning process and the development of a new IT Portfolio Management Process. Alison was also responsible for the University's IT services and infrastructure, developing the strategic direction for IT and ensuring maximum value and benefit for the University from IT investments, including the University's China and Malaysia campuses.

Alison has held a number of external engagement and partnership roles including vice-Chair of the Russell Universities Group of IT Directors (RUGIT) which promotes understanding and awareness of the application of IT in UK research-led universities. Alison is currently a member of the JISC UK Research Data Metrics for Usage Expert Reference Group. Alison has previously worked at Loughborough University, the University of Birmingham, Brunel University, and within the NHS.


"On behalf of the University, I’m delighted to be leading this innovative new team and am very excited to introduce the Digital Research Team who look forward to working alongside researchers helping them to make the most of digital research opportunities."

Alison Clarke, Director of Digital Research

Dr Erin Snyder is the Digital Research Manager, leading the team of Digital Research Specialists and working with the Faculty of Arts.

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Erin received Bachelors’ degrees in Physics and English Literature from Carnegie Mellon University. She completed an MA in English at Boston University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield.

Following her studies, Erin worked as a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, developing materials to support digital humanities researchers through the Digital.Humanities@Oxford project. She joined the University of Nottingham in 2012 supporting Arts and Humanities researchers using advanced technology in their research.

Erin is a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College as a Technical Reviewer and is a management board member of the Data Driven Discovery and Heritage and the Digital Research Priority Areas. Erin is interested in sustainability and preservation of research technology and research outputs over long periods (including digitisation of materials).


Dr Stefan Rennick-Egglestone is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Stefan has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and began his career as an IT Specialist at the Bank of England, before moving to the Mixed Reality Laboratory in the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham to work as a Research Software Engineer.

During this time, Stefan studied Psychology with the Open University, and Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. He became an active researcher, with a focus on healthcare technologies and expertise in design research and qualitative research methods. Stefan taught a module in New Media Design, whilst completing his PhD.

Stefan is interested in the question of how to help researchers develop more effective, ethical and efficient data management practices, and how to enhance and evaluate the impact made through open sharing of research data. Stefan is a currently a member of the Nottingham Institute of Mental Health and the Digital Health Research Priority Area, and remains active in healthcare technology research.


Dr Sophie Berckhan is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Science.

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Sophie has a BSc in Biology and a PhD in Molecular Biology. She has worked at the University of Nottingham for 5 years, previously as a Research Fellow in Plant and Crop Science.

Sophie works at the intersection of research and technology and has a proven record of developing innovative and viable digital solutions, using computational approaches to generate research outputs. Sophie has also co-founded an e-learning company designing, programming and marketing software programmes for schools which has received several awards.


Dr Jim Wilson is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Engineering, and also assumes a wider role supporting ‘Compute and Analytic' services across the wider University.

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Jim has a BSc in Applied Chemical Science and a PhD in Organic Chemistry and has worked at the University of Nottingham since 2007 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Schools of Pharmacy and Chemistry.

As a medicinal chemist, Jim has worked on a range of drug discovery projects in cancer treatment, respiratory disease and coagulation. Specialising in computational drug discovery, using High Performance Computing systems to screen millions of small molecules as drug candidates and using molecular modelling to support research projects at an early stage.


Dr Stuart Moran is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Stuart started his career with a BSc in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Pervasive Informatics. Following his studies, he went on to work as a Research Fellow at three institutions, including: University of Reading (Social Informatics), University of Kyoto (Social Robotics) and the University of Nottingham (Human Computer Interaction). Looking for a new challenge, he then dived head first into the financial services industry, joining TDX Group as a Business Analyst.

Stuart's current role as a Digital Research Specialist brings together the best parts of his industry and academic experience.


What we do

We keep track of technology developments, and inform researchers of new opportunities. We can offer guidance in relation to research bids integrating digital technologies, and carry out strategic work across the University to ensure we have the digital capabilities needed to produce innovative research.

We co-ordinate with The University of Nottingham Professional Service departments, including Information Services (IS), Libraries (LRLR) and Research and Graduate Services (RGS).

The following video has been produced to provide an insight into the work of the team. 

Related links

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