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Data Champions programme

The Library's Data Champions programme has been running since summer 2019. This network of researchers, postgraduate research students and research support staff works together to increase the visibility of research data management and sharing at The Open University.

We run regular Data Seminars which are open to all. These events are an opportunity to hear colleagues from across The Open University talk about various aspects of working with research data. Details of Data Seminars are published on our training page.

If you are interested in becoming a Data Champion, please contact us.

Data champions

Data Champion: Alessio Antonini

Research Asociate in Knowledge Media Institute (KMI), 



Data Champion: Anna Colom

Research Student, FASS – POLIS


Twitter: @Anna_Colom

Data Champion: Emilda Mboh

Manager, ALSPD, Access, Careers and Teaching Support (ACTS)

Twitter: @EmildaMboh

Data Champion: Emily Dowdeswell

Postgraduate research student , WELS/ ECYS 

Twitter: @intracommons 

Data Champion: Emma Dewberry

Senior Lecturer in Design, STEM – Engineering and Innovation


Data Champion: Francesca Benatti

Research Fellow in Digital Humanities, FASS


Twitter: @rhymesontheroad

Data Champion: Jacob Obodai

PhD Student, FASS – School of Social Sciences and Global Studies


Twitter: @obojay_1

Data Champion: Julia Downes

Lecturer in Criminology, FASS


Twitter: @JuliaHDownes


Data Champion: Kimberley Slaney

Microbiology Research Technician in Astrobiology, STEM

Twitter: @ShaeKimberley

Data Champion: Lizzie Babister

Postgraduate Researcher, FASS – School of Social Sciences and Global Studies

Data Champion: Margaret Ebubedike

Research Associate. Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies


Twitter: @meeify

Data Champion: Marie Chopra

Academic Support Assistant, STEM


Data Champion: Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg

Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Senior Manager - Research, Enterprise and Scholarship


Twitter: @MurielSR


Data Champion: Olga Jurasz

Senior Lecturer in Law, FBL – Law School


Twitter: @olga_jurasz

Data Champion: Sarah Vicary

Associate Head of School, WELS – Health, Wellbeing and Social Care


Twitter: @Sao_Sarah

Data Champion: Sean Williams

Lecturer in Music, FASS – ACEM


Data Champion: Ursula Stickler

Senior Lecturer, WELS- Languages


Twitter: @UrsulaStickler

Contact us

Library Research Support team