Dr Elena Menendez-Alonso


Dr Elena Menendez-Alonso

Research Data Specialist

Research Strategy and Governance (Research & Innovation)

As a member of the Research Strategy and Governance Team within Research & Innovation, I collaborate with colleagues across the University to shape and implement systems and services that underpin our research strategy.
My role involves managing the University's research information system, Symplectic Elements. I oversee data integration, validation, and availability, in addition to coordinating the deployment of system upgrades and new features. I work closely with institutional data owners to maintain data quality and security.
I provide support and guidance to senior managers, researchers, and colleagues, facilitating effective utilisation of research information and data. Alongside colleagues in Research Strategy and Governance, I gather and analyse data, generating metrics and reports that fulfil both internal information needs and external reporting obligations. This includes the comprehensive collection, validation, and analysis of data related to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission.


I have a background in science and extensive experience working in research and information management services in the HE sector.
  • MSc Information Management (with distinction) - Robert Gordon University, UK 
  • PhD Chemistry - Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK 
  • MPhil Analytical Chemistry - Departamento de Química Física y Analítica, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain 
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry - Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
  • communication and collaboration technologies 
  • data analysis and visualisation
  • data management 
  • design
  • information architecture 
  • information and knowledge management 
  • professional development
  • research evaluation
  • research support services
  • user experience design