Who we are

The Research Information Network (RIN) is now established as a community interest company (CIC), with three key consultants: Michael Jubb, Stéphane Goldstein and Ellen Collins.  All three worked previously with the RIN in its former incarnation as a research and policy unit funded between 2005 and 2011 by a consortium of public bodies led by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). We have a strong track record in producing high-quality reports which have made a real difference, on issues from the economics of publishing and disseminating research findings, to researchers’ patterns of behaviour as both producers and consumers of information resources and services.

As a CIC, our assets and profits are dedicated to serving community purposes. We are accountable to a Board of Directors, made up of Professor John Wood, Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, who chairs the Board; Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester; Anne Jarvis, University Librarian at Cambridge University Library, and Michael Jubb, in his capacity of Executive Director of RIN CIC.

A register of Directors’ interests can be found below.

Key personnel and contact details:

Michael Jubb has more than twenty years’ experience in research policy, funding and administration. After a career as an economic historian, archivist and a civil servant he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the British Academy in 1990, where he was responsible for the Academy’s portfolio of grant schemes to support research in the humanities and social sciences. In 1997 he helped to establish the Arts and Humanities Research Board where he served as Deputy Chief Executive and then oversaw the Board’s transition to full Research Council status in 2005. That year he was appointed the founding Director of the Research Information Network. Since then he has undertaken and overseen more than thirty projects and reports on issues including the economics of publishing and libraries, the usage of e-resources,  and patterns of behaviour among reserachers as they create, disseminate and make use of different kinds of information resources . He was secretary to the Finch Committee and drafted its report on ways to expand access to research publications. He served in a similar capacity on the subsequent review of progress in implementing the Group’s recommendations. He is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts in scholarly communications.

michael.jubb@researchinfonet.org – tel: 020 3397 3649

Ellen Collins began her career at the National Campaign for the Arts, where she co-ordinated successful campaigns on issues including immigration and visas, public entertainment licensing and the 2005 general election. In 2006 she moved to Museums, Libraries and Archives London as the Research and Policy Officer, where she led a portfolio of research and activity including a large-scale project to investigate and support knowledge transfer activities. She joined the old RIN in 2009, shortly after achieving a distinction in her MRes in Social Science and Public Policy from King’s College, London. She is currently working on the OAPEN-UK project, which is gathering evidence to help stakeholders make informed decisions on the future of open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences; and also with a number of academic publishers to help them explore the changing research communications landscape, including their approach to research data. She has also worked on a wide range of other studies including peer review, the information practices of architects, student usage of academic libraries, open access policies of medical research funders, patterns of behaviour among researchers in different disciplinary groups, and researchers’ use of social media.

ellen.collins@researchinfonet.org – tel: 020 3397 3648

Stéphane Goldstein has worked as a manager in higher education and research funding, initially with the Medical Research Council and Research Councils UK, and since 2005 with the RIN. He plays a key role in project planning and management and in information analysis. Over the past couple of years he has taken the lead in developing collaborative partnerships in the area of information and data literacy, and he is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts in this field.

stephane.goldstein@researchinfonet.org – tel: 020 3397 3647



RIN directors declaration of interest form – J Wood

RIN directors declaration of interest form – R Burgess

RIN directors declaration of interest form – M Jubb