Rachel Bruce

Director open science and research lifecycle


I lead our research activities in the area of open science and the creation and management of research across the whole research lifecycle.

I work with colleagues across Jisc to set the direction and to help take the many relevant activities (eg open access or open metrics) we have in the area of open science and research management to the next stage to ensure we more effectively support UK research and also continue to have fit-for-purpose research infrastructure. By working together with research sector leaders and representatives, including research funders, we can ensure policy, practice and digital provision is aligned.

I also lead the development of our research strategy, which crosses the whole range of research support we undertake. It is essential to work with colleagues who provide the network, security or content and applications so we can respond to the needs of the research and university sector and prioritise what we should deliver for research in the coming years.

Another part of my role includes work on international projects, including the European Open Science Cloud, and international partnership, for example the Knowledge Exchange partnership - where Jisc works with similar organisations in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands to advance open scholarship. 

Research data management blog


I have worked at Jisc for a number of years, this has included work on open access, digital repositories, research management, open research data and the development of services including Archives Hub and Knowledge Base+.

Recently I also took up a part-time secondment to the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the innovation and impact team. 


Media coverage

Preservica Selected for New Jisc Research Data Service for UK Universities
RealWire, December 2016

Experts unite to debate international developments in research
Research Information, August 2016

ORCID consortium to improve UK research visibility
Research Information, June 2015

Jisc invests in improving research data management
Research Information, March 2015