We pulled together a report recently to look at downloads of theses from the Research Repository. The statistics package built into the repository does not allow us to filter by item type – fortunately IRUS-UK has a report just for theses!
We measured download figures from June 2013 (when IRUS began recording UWE download information) to August 2018 (the most recent information available at the time of the report.) Here are the highlights:
- There are 437 theses that have been downloaded at least once (i.e. they show on the report)
- The total download figure for theses in that time period was 169,132
- There are 32 theses that have been downloaded over 1,000 times
- There are 5 theses that have been downloaded over 4,000 times
- The most downloaded thesis is from 2015 and has 14,571 downloads
The top 5 most downloaded theses are:
- 14,571 downloads – Singh, L. (2015) The United Nation Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods 1980 (CISG) An examination of the buyer’s remedy of avoidance under the CISG: How is the remedy interpreted, exercised and what are the consequences of avoidance? PhD, University of the West of England.
- 4,867 downloads – Tew, E. W. K. (2015) Critical thinking in the context of group learning: A qualitative study of postgraduate accounting and finance students’ perceptions. PhD, University of the West of England.
- 4,707 downloads – Hall, J. (2012) The essence of the art of a midwife: Holistic, multidimensional meanings and experiences explored through creative inquiry. Other, University of the West of England.
- 4,240 downloads – Dirpal, G. (2015) Human resource management practices and performance link: Applying critical realist meta-theory. PhD, University of the West of England.
- 4,055 downloads – Bowden-Clissold, N. (2013) A child-centred early years curriculum? How do we increase children’s voices to realise this? PhD, University of the West of England.