Project Partners

University of Leeds Library

Project Director, Bo Middleton
Head of e-Strategy and Development
Brotherton Library
University of Leeds

Project Manager, Rachel Proudfoot
Edward Boyle Library
University of Leeds


University of Sheffield Library

Peter Stubley (White Rose Research Online Steering Group)
Assistant Director, Academic Services
University of Sheffield


University of York Library

Elizabeth Harbord (White Rose Research Online Steering Group)
Head of Content and Customer Services
J.B.Morrell Library
University of York


Further Information

The University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the largest research Universities in the UK. It provides courses in all core disciplines to an increasingly diverse student body, a growing number of whom are recruited through flexible and lifelong learning initiatives as part of the widening participation agenda.

The University Library has a significant record of involvement in a wide number of relevant initiatives and projects. It was one of the largest recipients of e-Lib/Follett funding, and has recently received funding for a range of projects including MIDESS (digital repositories) and EVIE (development of a virtual research environment). The Library also received JCALT funding (joint with Manchester Metropolitan University Library) to participate in "The Big Blue", a study of information skills training.

The University of York

The University of York is one of the smallest universities in the UK but is regularly ranked in the top ten UK universities for research and teaching and is a founder member of the Worldwide Universities Network of sixteen research universities. It is currently embarking on a period of expansion to increase the number of staff and students by 50-70% over the next 7 years. It has strong departments across the humanities, social sciences and science, including medicine and nursing, with two new departments of Theatre, Film and Television, and Law starting in the next two years.

The University has made significant investment in the Library in recent years to build its collections, especially in the humanities; funding from a benefactor and the HLF has enabled a new library building. The Library has in recent years received project funding from HEFCE (retroconversion of York Minster Library), RSLP (resource sharing in archaeology), AHRC (retroconversion of the National Railway Museum Library) and for several JISC repository projects (SHERPA, SHERPA-DP, StORe).

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield celebrated its centenary in 2005 and is one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. With over forty departments across seven faculties - Architectural Studies; Arts; Engineering; Law; Medicine; Pure Science; Social Sciences - the University offers a wide range of discipline-based and interdisciplinary courses. There are 25,000 full-time and part-time students studying in the University, of whom 19,450 are undergraduates and 5,550 postgraduates. Included in this figure are more than 3,800 international students from 116 countries. The University Library is a multi-site system with 8 service points. There are over 180 staff, and some 1.4 million items of stock. The Library makes extensive use of IT-based systems, including the Talis library management system, and is a member of the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL) and the US-based Research Libraries Group (RLG).