March 29, 2010

This came sooner than I had expected, but I’m moving on: I have resigned from the University and will finish working here in the middle of June.

I have had a really interesting few years working in the University, first for the library (but sitting in the computing service) on the DSpace@Cambridge project, then in the Unilever Centre. In the 6 years I’ve been here I’ve worked with, and for, some really great people, and worked on some really interesting projects. In my current position I work with the incomparable Peter Murray-Rust and a bunch of the brightest folks you could hope to work with, on a programme of work I’m interested in because I helped to form it and take it forward. I wake up wanting to go to work. So why the change?

I’ve had a hankering to go back into small business whence I came for a while, and was presented with an opportunity to join another group of bright folk who are developing and delivering exciting new technology for online clothes retail. In June I’ll join Metail ( as lead developer, and move into the role of Head of Technology early next year. I can’t say too much about the business offering yet, or about the details of technology; suffice to say that I’ll have the opportunity to do some hardcore (“decidedly non-trivial”, for the geekwardly minded) algorithmic programming in the medium term, and I relish the challenges that lie beyond it.

It’s going to be an exciting couple of years!