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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 Stuart Moran, Digital Research Team Leader, 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 Stuart Moran is the Digital Research Team Leader, managing the team of Digital Research Specialists and working 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.


Jasper Donelan is the Digital Research Specialist for cross-disciplinary initiatives.

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Dr Rose Saikayasit is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Engineering.

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Rose has a BEng in Manufacturing Engineering and Management and a PhD in Human Factors, from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD explored the way in which multi-modalities and technologies can be used to support communication and collaboration in teams whose members are geographically distributed.

Prior to joining the Digital Research Team, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Human Factors Research Group, and a Business and Research Development Officer at the Institute for Aerospace Technology. She acted as a bridge between businesses within the aerospace supply-chain and academic colleagues to help establish mutually beneficial relationships in aerospace research.


Dr Ben Bedwell is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Sciences.

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Ben has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Nottingham. He began his academic career at the Mixed Reality Laboratory, exploring new forms of interactive technologies in museums and galleries. He then carried out applied research in the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, developing technologies to encourage sustainable behaviour. Most recently, Ben has led impact-focused projects working with local, national and international cultural organisations to deliver tools and resources for digital engagement in that sector.

Ben has development expertise, particularly in web and mobile applications. He also has experience of studying and evaluating these technologies, and in involving end-users and non-technical stakeholders in the development process.


Aleisha Turner
Aleisha Turner is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Arts and Engagement lead.

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Prior to joining the Digital Research Team, Aleisha worked as an Engagement and Technical communication Specialist within the University's Information Services department; a role which focused heavily on supporting people through digital change. Previous to that she held roles specialising in Internal Communications and Engagement, cultural change and digital adoption in the Scientific and Aerospace industries.

Aleisha recently completed a Professional Diploma in Public Administration with a focus on culture change and holds a BA in English Literature.


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 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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