Key contacts

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Get in touch with a member of the Research Development team

What does the Research Development Team do?

The British Library supports research of all kinds through our reading rooms and other on site and online services to researchers.

The Research Development Team is a small department that specifically facilitates collaborative research in two areas, as defined by the remit of major research funders:

  • Postgraduate research through our doctoral programmes. Please note that we cannot accept speculative proposals from individuals seeking to undertake a doctorate or doctoral placement outside our advertised schemes.
  • Collaborative research projects with partners working at postdoctoral or equivalent level.

Other research enquiries

Please note that the Research Development Team cannot respond to enquiries that fall outside the two areas defined above. In order to ensure that your enquiry reaches the right team and to avoid delays in response time, please refer to the following areas of the British Library’s website:

Our Reference team can answer subject-specific research enquiries.

Our feedback forms can be used to submit comments and suggestions about our online catalogues and collections information. Alternatively, look for the feedback or contact option on the page for the the relevant collection item.

Find out how we contribute to Learning and higher education.

If you are an international researcher requiring a letter of invitation to visit the British Library, please contact our International Office.

Order images from the British Library and/or obtain permission to reproduce them.

Contact Customer Services for all other enquiries.

Contact the Research Development Team

If you wish to collaborate with us on a research project, please complete our online form

To discuss potential research collaborations email research.development@bl.uk

For enquiries related to our doctoral programmes email pgr@bl.uk 

Naomi Billingsley - Interim Head of Research Development

Andrew Rackley - Research Development Manager

Alice Marples - Research and Postgraduate Development Manager

Saad Hujaleh - Research Development Apprentice