Collaboration with Wolfson College

Collaboration with Wolfson College

The Acting President of Wolfson College, Christina Redfield, and the Director of Oxford e-Research Centre, Professor David de Roure, signed a Memorandum of Agreement between the Centre and the College’s Digital Research Cluster.

Since the Cluster was launched four years ago the pace of digital research has accelerated.  To exploit this potential the Cluster established a strategic alignment and collaboration was established with the Centre.

The Agreement was formulated by David Robey and Donna Kurtz with. Gillian Hamnett, Wolfson's Senior Tutor, Jackie Carter, OeRC's Lead Administrator, and two of OeRC's Associate Directors.. Wolfson College is the natural home for this new venture: it is graduate, large, strong in sciences and arts, forward-thinking, and has a tradition of fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Cluster aims to lead the way in this rapidly advancing field.

A special event held on 3rd November 2015 included the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement and a selection of presentations highlighting work at the Centre.  A video showing the presentations is available from our YouTube channel.

The Digital Research Cluster, established in 2010, is concerned with the application of digital technologies to research across disciplines, where sharing of ideas and methodologies can bring mutual benefit.

The aims of the Centre and the Cluster are therefore substantially similar, and the potential benefits of collaboration considerable. Wolfson will gain increased access to expertise in the Centre. The Centre will gain access to the College and to its members with digital research interests.

Areas envisaged for collaboration include research projects, research fellowships and college membership, building a critical mass of postgraduate students in the College with cross-disciplinary digital interests, events and joint fund-raising. The collaboration is a significant opportunity to exploit, reinforce and extend cross-disciplinary connections within the College, and to add new dimensions to the Centre’s range of activities.

Three Associate Directors of OeRC were elected to Membership of Common Room in May 2015 -  Susanna Assunta-Sansone, Andy Richards and Wes Armour.

Andy and Wes will serve on the Wolfson/OeRC Coordinating Group with Donna Kurtz (Director) and David Robey (Events Coordinator).