New Staff Profile – Carly and James

Today we present the staff profile of two new members to St George’s Library, Carly and James.

Hello my name is: Carly Manson

Carly Manson

My role in the Library is: Archivist

Talk to me about: Anything relating to the History of St George’s Hospital and the medical school. I work in the Archive where we keep lots of old manuscripts, photographs, rare books, and artefacts ranging from the 16th-21st century. Our earliest item is a rare book dating back to 1562.

The Archive collection connects St George’s to its historical past and can be used to enhance new research in the history of medicine, uncovering stories of our famous alumni such as Edward Jenner, John Hunter and Edward Wilson (amongst many others).

Photograph showing Blossom the cow, used in Edward Jenner’s cowpox experiment, mounted on the wall in the Robert Barnes Pathology Laboratory at St George’s Hospital, c.1907

Archives are primary research material and it’s very important that they are looked after properly- they are unique and irreplaceable! A project has recently been put in place to make the materials in the Archive more accessible to students, researchers and members of the public. In the near future, we are looking to catalogue our collections and create a number of finding aids to help enable access.

Visitors to the Archive have included students and members of staff from St George’s, and external researchers. Our previous visitors have included scientists, historians, television production staff, and family history researchers, amongst others. Here is a taster of the types of records they have consulted in the Archive:

  • Minutes and papers of the School Council, Academic Board and other committees
  • Student registers which include the names of our famous alumni (e.g. Henry Gray and Edward Jenner)
  • Student nurses records
  • Publications including School yearbooks and Hospital magazines
  • Photographs of students, staff and former hospital sites
  • Personal papers of Dame Muriel Powell
  • Artefacts including historic surgical instruments
  • Artworks/illustrations
  • Oral history interview recordings with former students and staff
  • Rare and historic books from the original medical school library
  • Post mortem case books spanning 100 years of history
  • Pathology registers from 1920-1946

If you would like to access the Archive for your research, or if you are interested in our history and would like to look at some of our treasures, please feel free to drop me an email at Note that the majority of our records relate to the medical school rather than St George’s Hospital. The records of the hospital are largely held by London Metropolitan Archives.

Something else about me: I’m a huge fan of horror movies. The Archive has a number of creepy looking surgical instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries so I think I fit right in at St George’s!


Hello my name is: James Calvert

My role in the Library is: Information Assistant

When I am at the Library helpdesk you can ask me about:

  • General enquiries
  • Finding information
  • Issuing, renewing and returning items
  • Problems with your Library ID card
  • Problems logging off a PC
  • Printer issues
  • Password resetting
  • Booking a group discussion room
  • Topping up printing credits
  • Paying fines!

You can also contact the helpdesk between 8am-6pm

Telephone: 020 8725 5466

Something else about me: I am returning to university in the autumn to study part-time for an MSc in Information Science. Along with developing a career in Library and Information Science, my main interests are practicing Tai Chi and Meditation.



New members of staff in the Library

We’re kicking off our staff profile series with two recent joiners, Michelle and Jennifer.

Hello my name is: Michelle Harricharan

My role in the Library is: Research Data Support Manager

Talk to me about:

All things research data. I am a data nerd. I love research and I especially love research data. Qualitative. Quantitative. Mixed method data. All of it!

High quality research relies on robust data handling and sharing. Good data management produces higher quality, verifiable and reproducible data that has a greater chance of being cited and reused, increasing opportunities for collaboration and boosting impact.

This is where I come in. I help SGUL researchers manage their data effectively in our changing, data intensive and Open research environment.

Recognising the value of Open Data to research outcomes and the pace of innovation, funders, publishers and regulatory bodies have implemented policies on data management and sharing. At SGUL’s Research Data Management (RDM) Service I support researchers in managing their data in compliance with this evolving policy landscape.

I am an advocate for Open Data at SGUL and help researchers to share their biomedical and health data responsibly; conforming to legal, ethical and professional obligations and accepted best practice.

You might see me around doing training or raising awareness in good data management. Say hi. I’d be happy to chat with you about your data and how you can manage your dataset(s) more effectively and efficiently.

Alternatively, you can drop the RDM Service an email at or phone us at 020 8725 5441.

You can also browse our RDM pages to learn more about how you can make the most of your data.

Something else about me

My favourite book is Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll). I’m addicted to adventure and a world that’s just a little bit bonkers.


Hello my name is: Jenni (Jennifer Hughes)

Jenni Hughes photo

My role in the Library is: Research Publications Assistant. This involves checking records and making them live in SORA (St George’s Online Resource Archive), helping process claims for gold open access payments, checking that articles we’ve paid for have been published open access, answering questions about open access and the HEFCE mandate, and helping researchers make their publications freely available online.

Talk to me about:  making articles open access, how to comply with the HEFCE mandate for the next REF, accessing articles through SORA and how open access works.

You can email  or