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Michelle Sharples

Head of Engagement

Michelle Sharples

Biography

Michelle is responsible for the Library’s Communications and Engagement Team. She works with colleagues across all five Library Directorates to develop and deliver targeted communications strategies to increase engagement with Library services among the University community and external stakeholders.

She leads the Academic Engagement Librarians to ensure positive, proactive and mutual engagement with the University’s academic community and, as a member of Library Leadership Team, Michelle collaborates with leaders across the organisation to steer the operational work of the Library, ensuring effective delivery of its Imagine2030 strategy.

She is a member of the University’s Communications and Marketing Leadership Team and has a particular interest in organisational change communications fuelled by a secondment to the University’s Strategic Change Office in 2019. Michelle has worked for The University of Manchester since 2001, firstly for the Archives Hub, followed by roles in student recruitment and marketing before joining the Library in 2009. With experience in both librarianship and marketing and communications, Michelle uses her passion for people and project management to deliver audience focused communications to support organisational goals.