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Iain Barrass

Iain Barrass

SSI fellow

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow


My interests in research software development lie mainly in promoting consideration of reproducibility and quality assurance, primarily for software in use in high performance computing.

My work

In July 2022 I moved to the University of Glasgow to found and lead an RSE group in the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences. The group aims to support research staff and students across all schools of the college. A significant part of my role covers RSE outreach and promotion of development best practices.

For software that I develop, which I still manage even as a group leader, I have a preference for using Fortran. I aim to show that it's possible to write good quality and modern Fortran code for practical research. Related to this, I encourage appropriate maintenance and development of so-called legacy code, so that researchers can reliably use and build on previously established software products.

I'm involved in teaching programming and software development skills, including as a Software Carpentry instructor. Some teaching previously had been a joint undertaking with Research Software London, a regional RSE community.

My previous research experience is in mathematical biology and computational epidemiology.

From June 2018 and to July 2022 I led the RSE group at Queen Mary University of London.

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