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Elizabeth Shepherd

Professor of Archives and Records Management, UCL

Dr Elizabeth Shepherd has been Professor of Archives and Records Management in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL) since 2011. She joined DIS in 1992 to update and revise the MA in Archives and Records Management of which she was programme director until 2002. In 2003 she was appointed a senior lecturer, in 2007 Reader. Her research interests are in the development of the archive profession in 20th Century England, which is the subject of her PhD and monograph. She is researching the life and work of pioneering women archivists in England. Her research into rights in records, links between records management and information policy compliance, and government administrative data includes AHRC and ESRC-funded projects (see details on the ICARUS webpages). She originally qualified as an archivist at UCL and worked in archives and records management in local government before becoming a records management specialist at TFPL Ltd. She teaches concepts and contexts and co-ordinates the research skills module for doctoral students in DIS. She serves on the editorial boards of Archival Science, Journal of the Society of Archivists (now, Archives & Records) and the Records Management Journal, was a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on National Records and Archives from 2000-2006, the AHRC Peer Review College, RAE2008 Panel 37, REF2014 Sub-Panel 36 and REF2021 Sub-Panel 34. She has published numerous articles and (with Geoffrey Yeo) the best selling book Managing Records: a handbook of principles and practice (Facet Publishing, 2003) and is author of the monograph, Archives and archivists in 20th century England (Ashgate, 2009). Ashgate Publishing webpages.
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  • –present
    Professor of Archives and Records Management , UCL


  • 2004 
    UCL, PhD in Archive Studies