People Profiler

Current issues

People profiler relies on data from various University systems to populate profiles and create organisational groups. There are ongoing issues affecting the transfer of data between these systems and People Profiler.

Digital Communications team have no remit at this stage other than providing users with the information on this page.

The University is investing in a new system to supercede People Profiler and a Business Analyst is compiling a Stage 1 Business Case for central funding. We anticipate this will be approved and work assigned in early 2019.

People Profiler is a web-based system used to display staff profiles for academic, research postgraduate, technical and professional service staff.

Data from HR systems

People Profiler was designed to be integrated with an HR system that has now been replaced. This has caused problems with the use and presentation of People Profiler. Staff and post graduate research profiles are no longer created automatically when an individual starts at the University. New profiles now need to be created manually by local departmental site administrators.

Data from Pure

There are issues affecting the transfer of data between People Profiler and Pure. This has caused the following problems for academic staff and postgraduate research students:

  • Updates to publication lists in Pure are not reflected in the People Profiler publication list.
  • Updates to profile images in Pure are not reflected in People Profiler profiles.
  • Updates to research interests in Pure are not reflected in research summaries in the People Profiler.  

Other issues

There have been reported instances of pages breaking or not displaying correctly on certain People Profiler sites.   


IT Services provide limited support for People Profiler and are working to resolve issues where possible. To escalate urgent issues please email IT Services at The University is looking into developing alternative profiling system.

How it works

All listings are sorted alphabetically. Staff, honorary staff and students are listed separately. View an example of People Profiler.

Academic staff use Explore Bristol Research, to communicate their research information. Explore Bristol Research is based on the Pure system.

Integration with Pure

If you are a member of academic staff or research postgraduate with a profile in Pure, the text from your Pure profile is automatically displayed within the ‘Research’ tab of your People Profiler profile. The profile image that you upload to Pure will automatically display as your People Profiler profile image. Any publications you are associated with in Pure will also be listed on your People Profiler profile automatically.

If you update your Pure profile, the updates are automatically reflected in People Profiler, however, changes are not instant but update overnight.

Information displayed

The sections listed below are displayed by default in People Profiler profiles. Most fields are optional and won’t display if left blank. For instance, professional services staff may leave research fields blank, preventing the ‘Research’ tab from appearing on their profile.


Displays your name, job title, contact details and office location. These details are pulled in directly from the HR system. If you wish to amend these details, please contact HR.

The page also displays a summary of other sections within your profile.


Displays your memberships within the University. This includes:

  • your school/faculty/department
  • any other instances of People Profiler you are displayed in on other University websites
  • any People Profiler groups you are listed in.


Displays your research interests, these are pulled in automatically from your Pure profile. Edit your research interests in Pure.

Research also displays a list of research keywords, which help users find your profile when searching for matching research topics.

Research can list researchers within your research group.


Publications displays a list of your latest publications, pulled in automatically from your Pure profile. You can highlight key publications.


Custom groups can be set up to highlight related staff groupings, eg research areas, administrative teams, etc. These display a list of related staff alongside a description of the grouping.

Groups are maintained by your departmental site administrator.

Maintaining your profile

Each member of staff (and PGR students where appropriate) is responsible for updating their own profile.

Your departmental site administrator is responsible making sure the correct staff and PGR students are listed.


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