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Research Data Service Training, Advice and Contacts: Support and Contacts

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How we can support you

We offer support to all researchers and doctoral students:

  • we run regular Research Data Management training sessions for research staff and doctoral students as part of the staff development and Doctoral Skills schemes respectively
  • we provide a Data Management Plan review service for grant applicants and doctoral students
  • we provide an advisory service for staff and doctoral students on all aspects of research data management
  • we operate the University's Research Data Archive
  • we maintain the University's Research Data Policy, strategic plan and operational plan

We have an online GW4 Research Data Management Triage Tool that you can use interactively to find out answers to frequently asked questions. You will need a University of Bath login to access the tool. 

Research Data Service Team

You can contact the Research Data Service by email: Further contact details for the team members are available on the Library Research Services webpages

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Dr Catherine PinkSenior Research Data Librarian. 

Cathy manages the Library's Research Data Service and provides support on data management planning, funder and University data policies, and ethical issues around the management of sensitive data. She has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Bath. After her PhD she joined UKOLN where she co-ordinated the Jisc-funded Research360 project, which established a pilot infrastructure to support the management of research data at the University of Bath. 

Telephone: 01225 384791


Alex BallResearch Data Librarian (Systems)

Alex joined the Research Data Service in 2015 and is responsible for the development and management of the University of Bath Research Data Archive. His background is in health, defence and public libraries, and he has an interest in information retrieval and resource sharing. Having worked at UKOLN on several research projects related to digital information management he joined Digital Curation Centre in 2009 where he worked on developing tools and services such as the Data Asset Framework, the Research Data Alliance Metadata Standards Directory, and the UK Research Data Discovery Service. Alex is an internationally recognised expert on licensing data. Alex has BA(Hons) in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford and an MScEcon in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 


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Dr Alison Nightingale, Research Data Librarian

Alison joined the Research Data Service in March 2018 after a 20 year career in epidemiological research involving the use of large, complex health care databases to model disease epidemiology, and managing large international collaborative studies.. She has expertise in developing and reviewing Data Management Plans, particularly for complex collaborative research, and is responsible for the delivery of training on research data management. She has a degree in Anatomy & Human Biology from the University of Liverpool and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Surrey. 

Telephone: 01225 383570


Photo of Nushrat Khan‚ÄčNushrat Khan, Research Data Librarian. 

Nushrat joined the Research Data Service in September 2018 and works one day a week managing dataset deposits to the Research Data Archive, planning and delivering R workshops, and supporting new research data related projects when necessary. She is currently conducting her PhD exploring the impact of research data sharing and open research data metrics with Prof. Mike Thelwall, funded by the University of Wolverhampton. Prior to this she was a Fellow and Faculty Librarian at the North Carolina State University Libraries. She has a degree in Information Science from the University of Tsukuba, Japan and an MSc in Library and Information Science from the iSchool at University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, USA.