Spotlight: Family Rituals 2.0

Family rituals (1)

Today’s spotlight is a report for a project titled Family Rituals 2.0. The project aimed to understand the everyday rituals that families undertook, particularly when one member regularly works away from home.

The project built five ‘ritual machines’ for five different families, all aimed at enhancing a ‘ritual’ of the family. Wine robots, magical telescopes, talking handbags – the machines all took different forms and worked in different ways.

Check the report for more information about the project.


Meet the team: Library Information Administrator (Repositories)

The blog has been up and running for around eight months now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts. Today we feature…

LisaHello, I’m Lisa! I’m the Repository Administrator for the Research Team, and I’ve been in this role for just under a year now.

My main responsibility is to check every item that comes into the Research Repository review area, before making them live. This involves checking that the metadata has been filled in correctly, and checking publisher’s archiving policies before making text live. I also check PhD theses that are uploaded to the repository, to ensure that there are no outstanding copyright issues.

Alongside Charley Vaughton (the Repository Manager), I monitor the eprints inbox and answer the Repository phone. Typical inquiries that I respond to include item amendment requests, thesis copyright queries, and questions about items not showing on staff profiles.

I am responsible for writing the termly statistics reports, which provide an insight into changes that have taken place within the Research Repository each term; for example, what are the top ten countries downloading material from the Repository?

Outside of work I like to keep fit by going to the gym, playing badminton, or going for a long walk with my partner.

Meet the team: Research Support Librarian (Repositories)

The blog has been up and running for around eight months now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts and first up we have…

Staff profile picI’m Charley Vaughton, the Research Support Librarian (Repositories) to give me my full title.

I have various responsibilities covering managing the Research Repository, outreach/advocacy, teaching and training, reporting, and social media. I run the blog – writing posts (or recruiting other members of the team to write them!) and creating graphics and posters to use on the blog and in other places. I’m also the research tweeter on the Library Twitter account.

I run one-to-one training sessions for researchers, going over how to use the Research Repository and how to comply with the HEFCE policy for REF 2021. I teach a ‘copyright and your thesis’ session for PhD students, and write accompanying guides for the repository webpages. I write monthly reports assessing compliance rates with the HEFCE policy, manage the Library Information Administrator (Research Repository), and answer researcher queries about open access and the repositories

DeskI work at Bower Ashton campus every month, please come over and say hi if you see me – I’m there to answer any questions and give training wherever possible!

I also like reading (there’s usually a book on my desk), collecting pretty stationary that I’m then reluctant to use, and playing video games (badly.)

Contact me about the HEFCE policy, the Research and Data repositories, open access, or if you would like to arrange a training session.

Spotlight: Warts and all

Warts and all

The spotlight today is a conference poster, Warts and all: Communicating the conservation needs of amphibians in a competitively marketed world. The poster was originally presented at the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment in June 2017.

The poster summarises the project, which aims to look at ‘how difficult, uninteresting or overlooked science subjects can be better communicated to an audience in order to inspire empathy and interest’ – taking the form of a frog, as amphibians are vulnerable but receive far less media attention and funding than other more ‘marketable’ species.

Check the poster to take a look at their findings from mini-interviews at the Bristol Festival of Nature.

Open Access Week: Faculty number 1s

As part of Open Access Week we took a look at the most downloaded items of all time (aka March 2010 when the Research Repository was established to October 2017) for the four faculties at UWE Bristol – Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE). Business and Law (FBL), Environment and Technology (FET), and Health and Applied Sciences (HAS). All figures are correct as of 23 October 2017.


ACE –  The sociology of education is a book section. It is otherwise only available to read by purchasing the book, or by borrowing from a library with a copy. It is the second most downloaded item on the Research Repository, and has been accessed by readers from the UK, USA, Germany, Zambia, and India (among others.)

FBL – The ‘work group’: Redressing the balance in Bion’s Experiences in Groups is a journal article published in the journal Human Relations. The article is otherwise only available to read if the reader’s institution is subscribed to the journal.

FET – A health map for the local human habitat is a journal article published in The Journal for the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, and has been referenced in two policy documents.

HAS – Using thematic analysis in psychology is without question the ‘big daddy’ of the Research Repository, having been downloaded almost twice as many times as the other nineteen items in the all time top twenty combined.* It also has 14,700 citations in Scopus and is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

By being made available through green open access on the Research Repository, all of these researchers have allowed people from across the globe to access and use their research without the need for an institutional affiliation or prohibitively expensive subscriptions.

*The other nineteen items in the top twenty have been downloaded 271,538 times combined as of 23 October 2017.

Spotlight: Bristol Vocabulary

Bristol Vocab

Today’s spotlight is Bristol vocabulary: A provisional list by Richard Coates and Matt Vicker.

The purpose of this collection is to offer some basic guidance to students wanting to work with local dialect. They are often quite unaware of what is truly local vocabulary, what is regional, what is style-bound (e.g. purely colloquial or slang), and what is general English. So far as I can tell, the items in this collection are not age-related (in the sense of being teens-and-twenties’ usage), but maybe somebody knows better.

The document is a provisional list, drafted in 2014, of vocabulary strongly connected with Bristol. The list contains meanings for words, examples of use, and possible origins or alternative use. It is published on the UWE Research Repository – an exclusive publication if you look at it that way!