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We provide specialised eResearch capabilities to help you realise your aspirations and undertake world leading, high impact research. We work with you to eliminate barriers, increase your productivity and continuously expand what’s possible in your research.

Our mission

  • Inspire researchers through our broad understanding of IT for research.
  • Reach out to all researchers to deliver practical solutions that enable world class research.
  • Maximise impact by exploiting our expertise across the Research and IT domains.

Our values

  • We will be customer-focused and talk the language of Research.
  • We will be approachable and responsive to all our customers’ needs.
  • We will be solution-focused and have a technology-neutral approach.
  • We value innovation and proactivity.

Research IT newsletter

The monthly Research IT newsletter is focused on keeping researchers up to date with news that directly affects research activities here at The University of Manchester.

The Research IT news blog contains up to date information about the latest Research IT events, training courses and research activities:

Meet the team

Alan Davies

Alan is a Research Software Engineer with a background in both software engineering and interventional cardiology. He worked as a software engineer in the late-1990s making database management systems in C/C++ and, having authored several medical textbooks, he began his PhD in Computer Science at Manchester in 2014. This focused on how clinicians view electrocardiograms using eye-tracking and other computational techniques. Alan now works on several projects that combine aspects of medicine and computer science, with his main skills being in data science with R and Python. Alan has also worked as an app developer, making educational apps for iOS using PhoneGap (Cordova) and LiveCode. He also has experience with Visual Basic, COBOL, Java and JavaScript.


Andrew Gilchrist

Andrew is a Systems Administrator working as a member of the Research Infrastructure team. His current role involves supporting the research needs of academics mainly within the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, biomedicine and bio-imaging through provision of High Performance Computing and storage for “big data”.


Andrew Jerrison

Andrew works as a Developer in Research IT; he designs and develops bespoke web applications, databases and mobile applications which support the research of the University. Andrew also acts in a technical consultant role for the preparation of grant bids. He has a particular interest in applying artificial intelligence solutions to solve some of the unique problems that can occur in the University.


Andrew Rowley

Andrew works as a Senior Software Engineer, and is assigned to work on key software for the Human Brain Project within the APT group in the Department of Computer Science. Since joining the University in 2004 he has worked on a number of software projects and his current role involves setting up the SpiNNaker Neuromorphic Compute platform for the execution of large scale, biologically plausible neural networks.


Angus Hearmon

Angus is Head of Research IT and has a background in the chemical industry where he spent 20 years, 10 years running Nuclear Magnetic Resonance labs and 10 years running the Research IT function and a Knowledge Management consultancy. After a few years as a management consultant covering strategic change in process industries, he joined the Civil Service on large IT projects. After eight years he became Business Development Director of a government laboratory, a role including research IT accountability. His last project in Government was selling the lab to the private sector.

Angus’s background in IT includes programming in Fortran, interfacing and networking large instrumentation, running applications development units, Enterprise Architecture of a large government department and developing large databases for research data. He has also consulted in Knowledge Management and Research systems improvement.

Most recently Angus has been providing consultancy services to organisations, helping them to prepare responses to the Government's Industrial Strategy paper.


Anja Le Blanc

Anja is a Research Software Engineer for Research IT. Currently she is leading the Research Applications Group. In her role she is helping researchers to adapt their software to run on larger data efficiently, writing bespoke code in suitable languages, and advising on applications.
After finishing her Computer Science studies she was working on a multitude of interdisciplinary projects. She also has experience in developing and running a national repository service.


Ann Gledson

Ann is a Research Software Engineer and has been conducting research since 2000 in the areas of data analytics, text mining, interface design and software engineering.In the InnovateUK CityVerve project she has developed a Django application to combine disparate streams of IoT data and allows users to perform various analysis techniques. In previous projects she has combined application development, data analysis and visualisation.

Ann’s main skills are in data science and in software engineering. For the former she has used python pandas, Weka, SPSS and R. For the latter she has experience in Python, C#, Delphi 7, JavaScript, Jquery, Java, XML (DOM, Schemas, XSLT), JSON, HTML, Perl, Visual Basic, C++


Chris Grave

Having come from a Field Support Role within IT Services, Chris now works as a Systems Administrator within the Research Infrastructure Team. Chris is currently implementing and maintaining a local XNAT imaging platform one of several being set up throughout the UK for the purpose of dementia research.


Chris Heeley

Chris joined UMIST in 1986, providing IT support for the School of Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology until the merger in 2004. He then Joined the Faculty of EPS Central IT team in 2005, supporting desktops and infrastructure as well as various roles with Faculty and ITS, including managerial, supporting all platforms. He is now a Systems Administrator in Research IT actioned with ongoing support of RDS and RVMS/I. His current projects include Triangulum, the NVivo upgrade and the Condor Service development on the Windows Platform.


Christopher Paul

Chris joined the University in 1992 and has worked in a number of roles including temporary lectureships, IT Manager within the School of Mathematics and several EPS Faculty IT management roles. Currently Chris is responsible for setting up the research VM service, continuing to develop and support the Condor high throughput computing service, and contributing to the ongoing development and deployment of the managed EPS linux image.


Daniel Nisbet

Daniel has worked in IT Services at the University since 2008 and recently joined Research IT as a Systems Administrator. In his previous roles at the University he has worked in the Datacentres providing support to sysadmins and also was part of the central Infrastructure team specialising in e-mail and messaging services. He will now be working mostly on the Virtual Machine, Computationally intensive research system platforms and with Automation.


David Love

Dave has a long career in doing and supporting research computing, initially starting out as an experimental nuclear physicist. He has had research support roles at Liverpool, Daresbury Laboratory (in assorted scientific and support roles), and Manchester. He has also been a maintainer for several significant free software projects. He is now in the Research Infrastructure team, supporting the computationally intensive research systems.

David Mawdsley

David joined the team as a Research Software Engineer in November 2016. Previously he was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol working on the evidence synthesis of clinical trials. Since joining the team he has been working on the data analysis for the IDInteraction project in the department of Computer Science. His main skills are in R, SQL and SAS.

Donal Fellows

Donal is a research software engineer at the University of Manchester. Since 2002 he has worked supporting data-intensive research across many fields of science and humanities (from weather forecasting to solar wind physics, and from business resource planning to digital library curation), is experienced with the complexities at the intersection of research data and its metadata, and has experience adapting workflow solutions and cloud infrastructure to research.


George Leaver

As a member of the Research Infrastructure team, George provisions the University's computationally intensive research systems, in particular the Linux HPC clusters and GPU systems available to research groups from all faculties. This covers system administration, application support, software development (multicore and GPU) and training in the use of the University's computational systems and GPU programming.


Gerard Capes

Gerard has a background in Physics, with a PhD in Atmospheric Science. Having developed an interest in programming while working as a researcher, he now works as a Research Software Engineer in Research IT.


Gillian Sinclair

Gillian has two roles in Research IT – Research IT Relationship Manager and N8 HPC Service Development Manager. She facilitates and coordinates research networks both across campus and regionally as well as liaising with researchers to ensure their needs. She is also responsible for the operation of N8 HPC with the support of the N8 HPC Project Directors Group and is also responsible for outreach, communications and reporting for N8 HPC Centre and Research IT.


Ian Hinder

Ian is a Research Software Engineer with a background in high performance computing and numerical methods. He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics (General Relativity) at the University of Southampton in 2005, and subsequently worked as a researcher at Penn State University and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, colliding black holes on supercomputers. Ian is one of the maintainers of the Einstein Toolkit, the main open source framework for numerical relativity. He is interested in good software development and data analysis practices for research, and correctness and reproducibility of computational research outputs. He has a background in C/C++, Python, MPI, OpenMP, and Mathematica.


James Schumm

James works as Research IT Software Engineer, currently assigned to the collaborative ESRC/ NIHR funded Neighbourhoods and Dementia study. His areas of expertise are programming, systems analysis & specification, technical authoring & proofreading, enterprise software configuration, technical support, website design & development (WordPress).


James Sinnott

James is a Research Software Engineer with over 15 year's experience as a software developer in both industry and academia. He has a particular interest in usability and good user interface design. He is currently working in the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences, helping to build tools to improve patient outcomes in NHS Primary Care.

Jim McGrath

In August, Jim McGrath joined the team as a Research Software Engineer. He has previously worked at the university for more than eight years, working as a software engineer, data and information manager and user engagement specialist across a number of different units, most recently the Business Engagement Support Team. Jim specialises in web development, in particular the use of web portals for communication of research data (including visualisation), and (unusually) Microsoft Office programmability and automation.

Joshua Woodcock

Josh is a Research Software Engineer. A recent graduate from the University of Manchester, he currently works with Virtual Reality, creating interactive prototypes for researchers using Unity and VRTK. He also develops for the web and mobile, and within data science using Python, R, Typescript, Django, and Wagtail. Josh is particularly interested in using new technologies to further research and sharing knowledge on how best to use them.


Kamie Kitmitto

Kamie is a geospatial expert interested in the creation, value addition and management of data Big and small. After finishing his PhD in Geomatics Engineering at UCL and a stint in industry, he moved to Manchester, 1991, to provide consultancy and training to the academic community on the use of geospatial technologies. Kamie is interested in the creation and utilisation of Spatial Data Infrastructure and their part in supporting, research, visualisation and analysis.


Louise Lever

Louise works as a Research IT Software Engineer, where she specialises in data visualization and analysis, web application development and HPC. She has collaborated on many projects ranging from local academic support through to international commercial product delivery. Louise provides technical consultancy to the researcher community and has a life-long passion for the application of computer graphics and visualization to research challenges.


Mark Lundie

Like many of his colleagues, Mark moved from using HPC systems to supporting them. Following a PhD in computational physics at the University of Salford, he joined the Hartree Centre at Daresbury Laboratory as a HPC Systems Administrator, where he supported the local compute and storage platforms, as well as the UK national service, Archer. Mark has joined the team as part of the University's contribution to the N8-CIR (formerly N8-HPC) collaboration to work with future compute platforms, both locally hosted and cloud-based.


Martin Turner

Martin is currently a Research IT Relationship Manager, seconded as the Visualisation Director for the Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) as well as Group Leader for Visualisation within the SCD (Scientific Computing Division) at STFC. He initially gained his PhD in the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University, on Image Coding and now research interests cover a broad background, specialising in many Visualization Themes, Computer Graphics and Mathematical topics associated with image and signal creation, analysis, processing and presentation.


Mary McDerby

Mary is a Business Analyst with over 20 years of experience of working in Research IT, where she has collaborated on projects with the academic community (locally, nationally and internationally). Mary has experience of managing large business change projects from the initial idea which included success in obtaining funding through to delivery of service. She specialises in Scientific Visualization, Big Data Analytics, and Research Data Management.


Nicolas Gruel

Nicolas has a PhD in astrophysics and a post-doc in software development for data acquisition, analysis and simulation of observations for astronomical instruments. He has joined as a Research Software Engineer and his strengths in coding are in Python and Fortran. Some of his key interests are: optimization of code efficiency and the promotion and implementation of good practice in software development.


Otto Mathisen

Otto is a Systems Administrator working as a member of the Research Infrastructure team. He is currently providing support for Research Data Store (RDS), Research Virtual Machines (RVM) and a local XNAT imaging platform. In addition, he is focused on ‘behind the scenes’ development of The Trustworthy Research Environment (TRE) which provides researchers with a secure place to store, analyse and process data about individuals and populations.


Penny Richardson

Pen joined the University of Manchester in October 2001 as a helpdesk analyst for the University and national HPC services. Currently she is part of the Research Infrastructure Team which administers and provides support to researchers for a number of facilities including parallel and high-throughput computing, data storage, and virtual machine provision.


Phil Bradbury

Phil works as a Developer in Research IT where his work primarily focusses on enabling Academic Staff to store their research data into a secure database, via a bespoke Administrative interface, and also then making this data publicly available for browsing/searching via the World Wide Web. He is currently using Microsoft .Net (C#) with MVC as the main coding technologies (and JQuery/Javascript for UI enhancements), and SQL Server as a backend datastore.


Richard Hoskins

Richard is an Infrastructure Analyst with a background in databases, development and systems administration. He joined the University in 2001, working initially as an Analyst/Programmer and subsequently as a Database Administrator overseeing the key Business Systems. He studied Mathematics at The (Victoria) University of Manchester and holds a PhD from UMIST.


Robert Haines

Robert is the Research IT Software Engineering Manager and an Honorary Lecturer in the University’s School of Computer Science; he works with academics and researchers to design, implement, modify and install maintainable, usable and well-tested software systems to enable them, and their collaborators, to do their research. This might mean creating new software, researching entirely new ways of doing things or identifying and possibly modifying existing applications.


Shih-Chen Chao

Shih-Chen works as Research Software Engineer in Research IT and comes from a language, history and cultural studies background, with a PhD from the University of Manchester. She is interested in digital humanities and passionate about IT-related areas.


Simon Hood

Simon is the Head of Research Infrastructure and Platforms within Research IT. With a PhD in Mathematics from The University of Exeter he has also worked at The University of Liverpool as a postdoc in Earth Sciences and as a lecturer in the Mathematics Department. Simon leads the team which has developed and built the on-campus Research Infrastructure Ecosystem (including HPC platforms, research storage and networking, and VM infrastructure).


Theresa Teng

Theresa is a Developer with many years of experience; she designs and develops be-spoke web applications and databases to support the University’s research. Other areas of expertise include business/data analysis, project management and bespoke training material design and delivery. Theresa enjoys searching for suitable IT solutions to meet researcher’s needs and turn them into reality.


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