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Lorraine Beard

Associate Director: Research and Digital Horizons

Lorraine Beard

Lorraine is a member of the Library Executive team and leads a team which is responsible for developing and delivering a range of digital and researcher services.

Her team provides a range of innovative services to support University of Manchester researchers in support of open research, digital scholarship, research data management and supporting the University’s digital strategy. She is the Sponsor of DigiLab.

Lorraine has worked in academic libraries for 25 years, with 12 years at senior management level. She is an Alumnus of the University of Manchester and has a background in biological sciences, having previously worked in a research role for Cancer Research UK.

She has a number of digital roles in libraries, including e-resources, information systems and digital technologies, as well as being a subject specialist for a number of biomedical disciplines. She is also a member of the University’s IT Leadership Team.

Lorraine has experience of leading transformational change, strategy and culture change activity. She is a role model on AdvanceHE’s Aurora Women in Leadership programme.

In her current role Lorraine is senior lead for liaison with the Faculty of Science and Engineering.