This is the blog of Masud Khokhar, Assistant Director: Digital Innovation and Research Services at Lancaster University Library.

I am a strategic and innovative Digital, IT, Research and Library leader who is passionate about Higher Education in general and the Library and IT sector in particular. I bring a unique mix of private and public sector experience, a strong technology and research background, strategy development expertise and a high level of emotional intelligence. 10 years experience of working in HE sector, with last 3 years at senior management level.

Notable areas of expertise include complex projects delivery strategy, embedding innovation, institution wide research support strategy, leading teams of a mixed nature (technical and non-technical), empowerment of staff, impact assessment and customer-centric solutions to enhance satisfaction and retention.

With a keen outward outlook, I am quick to identify potential areas of collaboration and develop partnerships that grow stronger and deliver results over time. I consistently grow and constantly challenge the boundaries at which we all work, expanding on what’s considered achievable and delivering the very best from teams.

I either lead or contribute significantly to several projects of strategic importance to the institution. I lead the major initiative of Research Data Management (RDM) implementation at Lancaster University, taking it from its initiation to a strongly established academic-centric service. I manage the Research without Borders strategic initiative of Digital Lancaster, developing and implementing core research support policies, applications, infrastructure and analytics components. I strategically lead on two Jisc funded projects of national importance, E2EOA ( and DMAOnline ( I provide strategic expertise and action plans for Lancaster University citation performance growth. I also shared responsibility for the delivery of the recently refurbished Lancaster University Library, an extensive project to provide a technology enhanced learning space that exceeds student expectations.

I strategically led the highly innovative Jolt the Library event (, which has acted as a catalyst for change across the whole institution.

I have been a contributor/chair of several important external committees. These include chair of IGeLU Primo/MetaLib product working group, chair of joint IGeLU/ELUNA Interoperability special interest group, member of Jisc’s RDM Expert Advisory Group, contributor to N8 RDM special interest group, contributor to N8 Data Analytics strand and chair of UK Pure Interoperability working group. Other responsibilities include speaking at many national and international events.

I have a computer science background, with my masters thesis on the topic of fault tolerance in multi-agent systems.


This blog and all posts on it are the sole opinion of the author. Nothing included on it is the opinion of any other individual or institution unless explicitly stated.

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