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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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

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?)

Our poster!

We don’t get to mess around with crafts enough in the Research team, so when the All Staff Event for library staff required teams to make posters we jumped in with scissors, glue, and lots of black pens. We played around with photoshopping, drew tiny pigeons, and measured very (VERY) precisely in order to create our research ‘advent calendar’ which you can now see in all its glory:

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Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do more creative things like this to share research support more often!