Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Graham Bray

IT Manager



My key duties involve administering, managing and supporting of the following

  • Line manager to a Computer Technician.

  • Two private Windows 2008 R2 domains, the Institute’s Organisational Unit within Newcastle University’s main Active Directory.

  • Over 20 Windows 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2003, 2003 R2 and 2000 Servers including 5 domain controllers, 4 DNS servers and 7 backup servers and numerous application/database servers with a mixture of physical and virtual servers.

  • Over 350 computers and workstations (running Windows 8.1, 7 64 and 32 bit, Vista, XP, 2000 and NT and Apple OSX and OS9).

  • In excess of 300 end-users across 7 different sites within Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.

  • IT purchaser for all hardware and software; IT Lead on several EU tenders for the procurement of Institute software and equipment.

  • 15 network printers and photocopiers, some with secure mailbox and ID print setups.

  • A Citrix XPe farm (2 Citrix severs)

  • Management of all NICR network security access group policies and managed desktop installations.

  • Writing, testing, deployment and upgrade of software policies across the Institute.

  • Ensuring all 3 networks including 7 file servers, 1 Oracle database and several SQL databases are backed up on a daily basis; restoring corrupt or missing data when required.

A great proportion of the equipment and data within the Institute is governed by Good Clinical Practice (GCLP), Research Governance, Human Tissue Act (2004) and The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials Regulations (2004). This requires working to strict requirements, ensuring that all data, computers and equipment used within write-up areas and laboratories conform to the correct and secure access for specific users. This involves writing, testing and applying complex group policies to computers and user accounts to enforce the stringent regulations required for equipment, data and swipe card controlled room access. The Institute is regularly audited to ensure its working practices and systems comply with these regulations.

Other duties include:

  • Planning the strategic IT agenda of the Institute for the Executive Board in order to reflect and support the current and future needs of the Institute.

  • Maintain an understanding and awareness of technological changes which may influence methods of working, and identify those which would be of benefit to the Institute, consider implications and make recommendations.

  • Provide specialist advice in the handling of large datasets and in the implementation and maintenance of infrastructure for bioinformatics. This includes supporting non-standard scientific software packages.