Danny Kingsley

Danny Kingsley is Deputy Director – Scholarly Communication & Research Services, Cambridge University Library. Her role focuses on establishing new policies and strategies for scholarly communication in the digital age. As ePublishing opens up new avenues for research and data publication, new policies need to be developed for support and review. Danny’s work covers a broad range of people, including encouraging researchers and academics to publish in new ways to open up the research process and communicate to a broader audience. She is involved in projects to help editors and publishers set new standards and embrace alternative ways of publishing. Danny is responsible for the implementation of funder and government mandates to make research papers and the underlying data openly accessible.

Dr Emily Sena

Emily is the first Editor-in-Chief at BMJ Open Science which is a new journal is dedicated to applying open science principles to preclinical and basic research, with open access, open peer review, and has an open data policy. At Edinburgh, Emily’s own research focuses on the validity of preclinical studies. She is leader of the international CAMARADES collaboration and a key member of the Edinburgh CAMARADES group.

Sarah Jones

Sarah is the Associate Director at the DCC, she coordinates work on the DCC’s Data Management Planning tool – DMPonline – and undertakes research on data policy and data management planning. She has written several articles and book chapters on these topics, and co-edited Delivering Research Data Management Services: fundamentals of good practice


Helen Blanchett

Helen is a Scholarly communications subject specialist at Jisc, she’ll be giving an overview of Jisc Services.

Chris Morrison & Jane Secker

Jane Secker is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London. She was Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at London School of Economics and Political Science for over 15 years where she advised staff about copyright issues and the online environment. She is a member of the UUK Copyright Working Group which negotiates with the Copyright Licensing Agency on the higher education licence. She is co-author of Copyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners published by Facet in 2016. Jane is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on the MA in Academic Practice at City, University of London. She has a PhD from the Aberystwyth University and has worked on numerous research projects funded by the British Library, JISC and the University of London.

Chris Morrison is the Copyright, Licensing and 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. He is a member of the Universities UK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group on whose behalf he also attends the Education Licensing Working Group (ELWG). He is co-author of the second edition of Copyright and E-Learning: a guide for practitioners which was published in July 2016, and is also the originator of Copyright the Card Game. Chris is currently studying for a masters qualification in copyright law at King’s College London.

Jane and Chris tweet as @UKCopyrightLit and maintain the Copyright Literacy website: https://copyrightliteracy.org

Chris Awre

Chris Awre is Head of Information Services within the Brynmor Jones Library of the University of Hull in the UK.  He was previously a systems librarian at Imperial College, London, and a Programme Manager for the Jisc, working on projects related to portals, information presentation, and the sharing of institutional resources.  In 2008 he was a founder partner in the Hydra Project, a community driven open source development to create tools that could be used to meet evolving digital repository needs.  The Hydra Project itself evolved into the Samvera Community in 2017, emphasising the importance of collaborative working in producing Samvera solutions, and Chris continues to sit on the Steering Group.  He is currently a member of the UK Government’s Open Research Data Task Force, looking at ways of stimulating uptake and provision of open data.  Institutionally, Chris has responsibility and interests in repository services, open access, research data management, and digital preservation, and how these relate to existing print-based acquisition and collection management activities.

Gavin Ian McLachlan

Gavin is the Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University of Edinburgh. At the University of Edinburgh he is responsible for the strategic development and efficient delivery of a wide range of IT, Library and Collections services, including University’s IT Strategy, IT services, Learning & Teaching technology services, Digital Research Services, Library services, EDINA, Digital Curation Centre, Museums, Galleries and Special Collections. In addition, he plays a crucial role in ensuring that the University remains at the forefront of technological innovations that promote a world-class user experience for staff and students. He is involved or leads a number of key University programmes and initiatives including digital transformation, aspects of the City Deal programme and the online and distance learning strategy and support.

In 2016 Mr McLachlan was appointed by the University of Oxford General Council as the external member to the University Information Technology Committee. Mr Mclachlan is also active as an advisor to Scottish government, acting as the co-chair to the Scottish Funding Council’s Higher and Further Education Sector ICT advisory group; as a member of the Scottish Digital Directorate’s Digital Public Services Sponsor group; as the chair on the Scottish Government expert group on Online Identity Assurance and as an advisor to Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution.

More to be announced in the coming weeks…