The UK Data Service appoints a new Impact Manager

The UK Data Service is pleased to announce that Dr Emma Zimmerman has been appointed as the new Impact Manager.

Emma joined the impact team in August 2021, and brings with her extensive experience of designing strategies and developing best practice for evidencing and showcasing the impact of academic research.

Reflecting on her appointment, Emma says,

“I’ve been warmly welcomed into the impact team, and look forward to building on their excellent work showcasing the impact of the UK Data Service as research infrastructure and of the data-driven research enabled through access to its collections. I’m particularly looking forward to helping drive the Service’s impact strategy, developing best practice for evidencing and promoting data impact, and supporting early career researchers through the Data Impact Fellows scheme.”

Before joining the UK Data Service, Emma worked as a researcher and teacher in UK Higher Education. She completed an AHRC-funded PhD in English Literature at the University of Nottingham in 2016 and went onto teach in the School of English at Nottingham and at the University of Birmingham.

In 2019, she returned to the School of English at Nottingham as Research Fellow, supporting strategic delivery of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. During this time, she collaborated on a range of impact case studies, evidencing and showcasing the benefits of academic research for individuals and communities across the culture, education, and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Neil Dymond-Green, UK Data Service Service Director for Impact, says,

“I’m delighted that Emma has joined the UK Data Service impact team. Emma’s experience of developing case studies to evidence and promote impact in REF 2021 will be a great asset to the Service. Her enthusiasm, skills, knowledge and fresh approach will further enhance the UK Data Service’s leading presence in the field of data impact.”

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