Liam Earney

Executive director, digital resources


I have been executive director of digital resources since August 2019. I am responsible for Jisc’s licensing, open research, content and discovery services for further and higher education and research. This includes services such as Jisc Collections, Chest, library hub services, JUSP and SHERPA which collectively save UK universities and colleges over £100 million per annum. 

I am also the executive leadership team lead overseeing Jisc’s strategy to support our members’ research and innovation activity.


Previously I was director of licensing at Jisc, where I was responsible for the units undertaking the licensing and negotiation of agreements for digital content and software on behalf of UK universities and further education colleges.

In this role I oversaw the evolution of Jisc’s approach to the negotiation of open access agreements, in particular how Jisc could best support the sector achieve its aims around pure gold, hybrid and green open access.

Media coverage

Kudos/Jisc agreement provides standard agreement for UK universities
Research Information, September 2016

Jisc buys extensive ProQuest archive
Research Information, March 2016

Open access transition easier through OLH/Jisc agreement
Research Information, May 2015