Research Data Champions

A community of interest around research data and the challenges of research data management was established in January 2013.

What's the point?

The response to the challenges of research data management can only have limited success if it is either characterised by top-down instructions or is without co-ordination.  Whilst the Research Computing Management Group takes the institutional lead in this area it needs to work alongside a University-wide community of interest - champions, or beacon carriers.

Launch Event - 21 January 2013

Drivers for better management of research data

These were seen by Prof Kevin Schurer to include: 

  • the need for better use of existing resources
  • facing the "data deluge"
  • new avenues of research - data use, pooling, collectivity and collaboration
  • trends to provide more storage and storage which is easier to access and use do not imply, and may well work against improved data management.

Issues raised and discussion points:

  • what is data? (in relation to funder expectations, and discipline variability) 
  • expectations regarding management of the physical/non-digital
  • how to meet demands of sharing/providing access to dynamic data
  • bridging the gap between requirements which are in-project and long term (10+ years)
  • support for data management planning
  • green/gold publishing issues
  • how to frame an RDM support service
  • the purpose of this group of interested people 



  RDM at Leicester (PDF, 2,354KB) - Ian Rowlands, Jonathan Tedds, Andrew Burnham

 Best Practice in Research Data Management for Data Sharing (PDF, 383KB) - Veerle Van Den Eynden (UK Data Archive, University of Essex)

 Tackling Challenges in Research Data Management (PDF, 1,390KB) - Alex Ball (DCC/UKOLN, University of Bath)

Further Information

Research Data material:

RDM Principles

Data Planning Documents

DMP Documents - Small file

Poster (pdf pdf)

University of Leicester Research Data Management poster

Brochure (pdf pdf)


Blog Data For Research Blog




Input and feedback

August 2018 - This website will be relaunched in September 2018. Feedback and input is welcome, so please let the library research services team know what type of content you would like to be included on the website by contacting us at

RDM news and events
  1. The University of Leicester Figshare for data digital archive is now available for research staff and PhD students. User guidance on upload/data deposit.
  2. Information Governance training is now available, provided by e-LfH (an NHS organisation). The University has registered to access this NHS resource and individual accounts can be set up by sending name and email address to Andrew Burnham.
  3. There is now a standard University Privacy Impact Assessment process where data collection or receipt, or systems purchase or development may have privacy consequences
  4. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the research PI and/or data owner
  5. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  6. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  7. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact
  8. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  9. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  10. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  11. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  12. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  13. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  14. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  15. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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