Research Support annual report

Research Way, Tamar Science Park

The annual report for the Research Repository has had an overhaul this year.

The new report gives an overview of some of the activities that the team has been involved in over the last year, usage statistics for the Research Repository, and aims for the team going forward.

The report has been stripped down and rebuilt into a more streamlined and visually friendly format, and is available to view on the Research Repository.


Image: “Research Way” by Graham Richardson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Handy-dandy cards for researchers

Cards

You may already be familiar with the postcards produced by the Research team – we have a habit of handing them out like sweets (though unfortunately they are not as delicious and are not intended to be consumed.)

The cards are double-sided, and outline how to comply with the HEFCE open access policy on one side, and the RCUK open access policy on the other. These policies are hugely important for the next REF exercise and for ensuring you successfully meet funder requirements.

We are going to continue to hand them out wherever possible, but if you would like a card (or have an opportunity to hand out the cards to researchers) let us know and we’ll rush some over to you!

Spotlight: Dome I

Dome

The spotlight today is an image by Ian Chamberlain called Dome I. The artwork is an etching, and was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show 2016.

There are several more examples of Ian’s work on the Research Repository, including Mirror I and Mirror II which were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show 2015, and TIMELINE an exhibition which Ian took part in.

You can find out more about Ian’s influences by visiting his website.

Open research series

In case you missed the open research series organised by the Research Support team in January, you can catch the recordings from the events at the links below:

  1. Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now
  2. Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved!
  3. The path to data sharing: How open can I go?

Each session focused on different area of open access and was delivered by a variety of speakers.

Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now includes a talk from Professor Martin Eve, co-founder and CEO of the Open Library of Humanities, who speaks about where open access is coming from and where it can be going. This is followed by a discussion about researcher experiences of open access, featuring research staff from UWE Bristol.

Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved! was delivered by several members of the library team. We give an overview of open access, a behind the scenes look at the Research Repository, an overview of creative commons licenses, and more information about the green and gold routes of publishing, the dangers of ResearchGate, funder requirements, and ORCiD.

The path to data sharing: How open can I go? features a talk from Professor Felix Ritchie about open data and the 5 safes framework. The session also covers research governance, data management plans, and the support available for data management at UWE Bristol.


Image used – “Open Sign” by Chip Griffin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Spotlight: Bright bricks, dark play

Lego chapter

To head off any questions in advance – no, the subject of today’s spotlight is not a LEGO model (no. 5978, Sphinx Secret Surprise in case you were interested, released in 1998.)

Bright bricks, dark play: On the impossibility of studying LEGO is a book chapter by Seth Giddings, looking at how LEGO is played with and asking ‘if LEGO play does not follow the instructions, how can it be studied?’ Seth asked for memories of playing with LEGO in childhood and these memories are discussed in the chapter.

If you find this interesting, Seth has uploaded another book chapter, this time about the video game LEGO Star Wars, and the success (or not!) of playing it.

Sconul article

The Research team received top billing for their recent article in the latest issue of SCONUL Focus.

The article is about research support at UWE Bristol and gives an overview of how the team has developed over the years, and what has developed and changed in what we do to support researchers and postgraduate students.

The article is available for anyone to read on the Research Repository. Take a look and let us know what you think!


Image: “Reading…” by herval is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tour de UWE

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We had a glorious day for the Tour de UWE 2017 – the event is an annual opportunity for library staff to take part in either a cycle ride or a walk, and aims to raise money for the charity Life Cycle.

The Research team went off on the walk, which took us through Stoke Park on the sculpture trail. The whole troupe of librarians on the walk managed to find the hedgehogs, snake, and (eventually) the owls – after enlisting the aid of some helpful children who were very keen to show us where they were! (Librarians know the value of asking an expert to help you find the things you need.)

As half the walkers went off to Boston Tea Party for lunch, the hardy picnickers carried on and found the rabbit and mouse sculptures. Unfortunately the fox remains hidden in the woods, undiscovered on this walk (maybe next year?)