Research Software Engineering

There are Research Software Engineering (RSE) groups at each of the N8 Research Partnership Universities.

In most cases these central RSE groups support researchers operating anywhere in the university. Some universities also have domain-specific RSE groups that specialise in providing support to academics in a particular research area (e.g. environmental sciences, health sciences or physics).

To discuss your RSE needs and to find out how support from research software engineers could help improve the research that you and your colleagues undertake please contact the lead RSE at your institution using the links below. If they are unable to answer your query, please get in touch with the N8 CIR RSE Theme Lead, Sam Bland.

Regardless of the structure of your RSE department one thing is certain; the skills RSEs have, coupled to the ever-growing power of high performance and high throughput computing (HPC and HTC), have the potential to enable researchers to analyse significantly more data quicker and with major improvements in accuracy. Speaking and working with RSEs will offer you and your team new insight into software tools.

If you still aren’t sure exactly what an RSE does, or how they can help your research or group then our case studies might help. They explain how RSEs have helped to accelerate or expand research possibilities, developed apps or products for research, or simply explain the rationale for RSE groups existing in the first place.

Durham University

Group Name – Advanced Research Computing

Group Leader – Ed-Ruck Keene


This is a central Research Software Engineering group with 5 RSEs.

Lancaster University

Group Name – RSE Lancaster

Group Leader – Robin Long


This is a central group, comprising one RSE.

University of Leeds

Group Name – Research Computing

Group Leader – Martin Callaghan


This is a central Research Software Engineering group with 8 RSEs.

Group Name – CEMAC

Group Leader – Mark Richardson


This is a domain-specific Research Software Engineering group with 4 RSEs. The team is based in the School of Earth and the Environment and specialise in environmental modelling and computation.

University of Liverpool

Group Name – Research Computing Group

Group Leader – Jake Gannon


This central group is at an early stage of development and does not currently have RSEs available to work on projects. However, Jake Gannon is keen to hear from researchers wishing to work with RSEs to help inform how the team develops.

University of Manchester

Group Name – RSE Team within Research IT

Group Leader – Adrian Harwood


This central group is one of the largest in the N8 with 40 RSEs.

Group Name – Digital Health Software

Group Leader – Matt Machin


Digital Health Software is an embedded RSE team based in the Centre for Health Informatics. The team specialises in the development of apps, databases and web-based clinician interfaces for research into a wide range of different health conditions, including multiple co-morbidities:

Newcastle University

Group Name – RSE Newcastle

Group Leader – Mark Turner


This is a central Research Software Engineering group with 10 RSEs.

University of Sheffield

Group Name – RSE Sheffield

Group Leader – Romain Thomas


This is a central Research Software Engineering group with 12 RSEs.

Group Name – Digital Humanities Institute

Group Leader – Michael Pidd


Established in 1994, the DHI is the UK's leading centre for digital humanities and technology R&D in the arts, humanities and cultural heritage domains. The DHI is a team of RSEs, project managers and researchers. We collaborate on UKRI projects. We have delivered more than 120 projects and we host 70+ public websites and information services. See:

University of York

Group Name – Research and High-Performance Support Team

Group Leader – Emma Barnes and Phil Harrison


This is a central Research Software Engineering Group with 6 RSEs.

Group Name – Condensed Matter Dynamics

Group Leaders – Matt Probert and Phil Hasnip


This domain-specific Research Software Engineering Group has 7 RSEs and is based in the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology.

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