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Dr Simon Price


Responsible for identifying the needs for research IT support throughout the University and for developing and evaluating policies, processes, activities, partnerships and performance for the long-term sustainability of the new service and for ensuring consistency with relevant strategies, governance and financial arrangements.

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Dr Simon Price is Academic Research IT Manager in IT Services at the University of Bristol where he works closely with the Research Data Service (data.bris) and Advanced Computing/High-Performance Computing to support researchers' specialist IT and Shadow IT needs. He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Machine Learning group in the Department of Computer Science with research interests in Data Science, e-Science and e-Research. Simon has represented Bristol's Data Science and Big Data interests within the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and is co-organiser of a 400+ strong regional meet-up network that has hosted talks from Bloomberg, Cloudera and LinkedIn.

Since joining the University of Bristol as a senior programmer in 1992, he has worked on and delivered numerous R&D projects, including strategic institutional projects like Bristol's "data.bris" open data repository, high-profile web applications like Bristol Online Surveys (BOS) and numerous visualisation, multimedia and e-Learning software projects. Before joining the university he worked for several years as a computer games developer on machines like the BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST, Tandy and IBM PCs.

As a consultant developer and trainer he has worked for private sector organisations including Dow Jones, Fujitsu, International Thompson Publishing, Learning Direct, Pearson Educational, SumTotal (formerly Asymetrix), TRO Learning / US Air Force, Unilever, and public sector organisations including Bristol Royal Infirmary, Department of Health, Employment Services Commission, Institute of Dental Surgery, Kings Trust Healthcare, Lancaster University, Leicester University, Medical Devices Agency, Oxford University and Southampton University. In Seattle, he was a member of the core development team for ToolBook 8, 8.1 and 9.

He has given invited talks and tutorials all around the UK as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and United States.