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Dr Anna Sexton
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  • Lecturer in archives Record management and information governance
  • Dept of Information Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I am a Lecturer in Archives and Records Management in the Department of Information Studies and a Professionally Qualified Archives and Records Manager. 

I have held several senior leadership roles in the record-keeping field, most recently as Head of Research at The National Archives (TNA), where I shaped the research priorities and drove the research agenda under TNA’s role as an Independent Research Organisation. 

I am currently a Deputy Director for the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Doctoral Training Programme with responsibility for Collaborations and Partnerships.

Research Summary

My  research interests are primarily focused on participatory and trauma-informed approaches to archives and record-keeping, where competing stakeholder needs must be balanced across complex processes and systems, particularly in the context of mental health and social care. My broader research interests include the intersections between ethics, rights, and social justice across archives, record-keeping, data management and cultural heritage contexts.

My research experience includes examining the secondary re-use of government administrative data, using a record-keeping perspective to explore issues of risk, consent and trust (ESRC funded, Research Associate role); examining the intersection between open data initiatives and the protection of personal information (InterPARES Project); exploring the technical integration of XML encoding standards to develop platforms for users to view archives catalogues alongside transcripts and images of records (ESRC funded, Research Associate role); and developing participatory and community focused approaches to archives and records around mental health and social care (AHRC funded PhD, and related projects). 

I have a varied portfolio of public engagement projects including recent pilot work, funded by UCL’s policy unit, to bring together care experienced members of the public with social workers and information professionals to co-develop a record-keeping protocol around social care records. This work led directly to the establishment of the MIRRA Project (see research activities page). 

Teaching Summary

I teach within the Department of Information Studies, primarily on the MA in Archives & Records Management where I lead the Concepts & Contexts module which introduces students to core archives and record-keeping theory drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives. I also lead on The Record-keeping Professional module which introduces management skills in the context of continuing professional development to prepare students for entering the work place as professionally qualified archivists and records managers.

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