Marc Dobson

Subject specialist: infrastructure (applications)

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My area of specialism is technology to support enterprise. This covers the enterprise systems within educational organisations, working to improve efficiency and the experience for both staff and students.

Additionally, this area includes supporting the work of educational organisations in engaging with external partners. This can include knowledge exchange activities such as collaborative research, lifelong learning, employer engagement to develop programmes to meet the needs of and in collaboration with industry, and public engagement which can include public lectures and events.


I returned to Jisc in June 2015 after a brief period as database manager within Newcastle University's clinical trials unit.

Prior to this, I worked for seven years at Jisc Netskills in the business and community engagement (BCE) team. Our team, based at both Jisc Netskills and Jisc infoNet supported those carrying out engagement activities with the commercial, public and voluntary sectors together with individuals within the wider community through the use of technology. The team also supported Jisc in its BCE projects and activities, and communicated the work of Jisc in this area to the sector.

In past roles, I started my career in 1999 carrying out technical development on EU funded collaborative research projects in Internet technologies at the University of Sunderland, before moving on to project and programme management roles within EU and UK government programmes at the University and also within a local authority and regional development agency.