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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.


Timothy Hill is the Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Prior to joining the Digital Research team at the University of Nottingham, Timothy Hill had built up seventeen years’ experience as a developer and software engineer for research and academic institutions, working on projects ranging from a collaborative platform for editing papyrus fragments to digital tools for training counsellors and psychiatrists. Most recently he acted as Search Engineer for the Europeana Foundation, working on information-retrieval (IR) problems for cultural heritage institutions across the EU and beyond. His current focus at the macro-level is how digital techniques can address the decline in research outputs observable over the past few decades; at a micro-level, he is interested in the use of Internet of Things/mobile application technologies to decentralise and improve medical care.

Timothy Hill holds a PhD in Classics from Royal Holloway College, University of London. His thesis, Ambitiosa Mors: Suicide and the Self in Roman Thought and Literature, was published by Routledge in 2004.


Dr Sophie Berckhan is the Digital Research Specialist for the Beacons of Excellence.

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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.


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. 

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