. . . opening access to research  


Co-Director | Co-Director | Head of the CRC | Technical Development Officer | Services Development Officer | Repository Development Officer

All members of the Core Team are located at:
Centre for Research Communications,
Greenfield Medical Library,
University of Nottingham,
Queen's Medical Centre,

General fax: 0115 846 8244.


Centre for Research Communications and SHERPA visitors, please see how to find us






Bill Hubbard

Bill Hubbard

Head of the Centre for Research Communications

Management across projects and services, development and policy

Bill Hubbard is the Head of the Centre for Research Communications (CRC), incorportaing the work of SHERPA. Bill has a background in Higher Education and IT; in particular in work aiming to embed IT into university functions and working practices. Previous work has looked at the use of Expert Systems in supporting decision making, designing information systems for managing research funding and a number of years working with the introduction of multimedia into university teaching. His recent background includes three years as a commercial project manager in virtual reality applications for communications, installations and broadcast, specialising in virtual heritage environments. Before this he worked as a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, leading a BA degree course in Multimedia Design.

Bill speaks widely on open access and related issues - repository network development, institutional integration, cultural change, IPR and Open Access policy development. He is also involved in archaeological and heritage applications of new media and sits on the Channel 4 Award jury for new media archaeology. Bill is an honorary lecturer in the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

More details on Bill's personal webpage.

Peter Millington

Peter Millington

Technical Development Officer

Web development, RSP, and SHERPA services

Peter joined the SHERPA team at Nottingham in January 2006, having previously worked in scientific research in industry.

He gained a BSc in Information Science from Leeds Polytechnic, and went on to run the technical library and information unit for the Central Electricity Generating Board, Midlands Region - now E.On. This also included managing the publication of internal reports. He later moved to Fisons Pharmaceuticals, Loughborough - now AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood - to develop bibliographic and chemical databases to help expedite the drug discovery process.

On leaving AstraZeneca, Peter completed a PhD on traditional drama at the University of Sheffield, so he has experience of the needs of practitioners in both science & technology, and the arts & humanities.

Stephen Pinfield

Stephen Pinfield

SHERPA Co-Director

Director of the Centre for Research Communications and Co-director of SHERPA and associated projects

Stephen Pinfield is Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham. He has a particular interest in scholarly communication and digital library management, and publishes and speaks widely on these topics.

Among other positions, Stephen Pinfield is currently the Chair of the Joint CURL-SCONUL Scholarly Communication Group and a member of the JISC Integrated Information Environment Committee and Scholarly Communication Group. Stephen is also a member of the HEFCE REF advisory group on bibliometrics and of the European University Association Working Group on Open Access.

Stephen Pinfield has extensive experience of involvement in managing and directing externally-funded projects and services. He is also Director of the Repositories Support Project, OpenDOAR and a member of the Steering Group of the European DRIVER project. He is currently Director of Intute: health and life sciences, a national service providing access to quality internet resources for the higher and further education communities

Stephen Pinfield has a degree in History from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from University College London. His previous professional experience has been at the London Business School, University of Leeds and University of Birmingham. Further information is available.

Christopher Pressler

Christopher Pressler

SHERPA Co-Director

Co-director of SHERPA and associated projects

Christopher Pressler is Director of Research and Learning Resources at the University of Nottingham. He is responsible for the University's libraries, manuscripts and special collections and e-learning programmes at Nottingham's seven campuses in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and China. He also leads on the University's project management programmes for the Research Excellence Framework, institutional data management, communications technologies, global collection management and technology-enabled learning. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Board of Nottingham University Press.

He is a Director of the Centre for Research Communications at Nottingham and plays a national role in the development of scholarly communications and publishing as Chair of the RLUK/SCONUL Research Communications Group and as an advisor on a number of national and international boards. He is Co-Founder (with Dr Paul Ayris, UCL) of the DART-Europe E-Theses Portal, which now provides access to theses from over 200 universities in 16 countries. Christopher also plays a key role in the Open Learning Courseware community as co-founder of the BERLiN project and in developing links with OER Africa, Google and Apple.

Previous posts have been held at UCL, JISC, Dartington and the University of London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Services Development Officer

RoMEO, JULIET and other services

Jane H Smith is the Services Development Officer of SHERPA, based at the University of Nottingham. She has previously been employed as an Information Scientist with a leading biomedical charity, where she worked on a busy science enquiry service. In this role Jane represented her employers at meetings for the Consortium of Independent Health Information Libraries in London (CHILL). Jane is a Chartered member of CILIP.

Prior to employment, Jane studied Immunology at University of Edinburgh, followed by Electronic Information Management at Robert Gordon University.

Jane enjoys both film and digital photography, and crafting.


Dominic Tate

Repository Development Officer

RSP, outreach and community building

Dominic Tate is the SHERPA Repository Development Officer, based at the University of Nottingham. He has previously been employed at BioMed Central the Business Development Manager for their Open Repository service. Dominic has a degree in German and Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London.

In his spare time, Dominic enjoys photography, travel and reading.


Past SHERPA Team Members


Gareth Johnson

Repository Development Officer

OpenDOAR, RSP, repository management and promotion


Sophia Jones

European Development Officer

DRIVER, DRIVER II, Intute Repository Search, RSP, repository management and promotion


Mary Robinson

European Development Officer

DRIVER, DRIVER II, the Depot, RSP, repository management and promotion


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