High-end computing proves its worth for UK researchers

8 Feb 2015 A machine called HECToR was shut down last year. For six years it was one of the most powerful computational ‘brains’ in Britain providing vast processing heft and speed so thousands of researchers could solve vital problems faster and refine new ideas more thoroughly. Now its legacy is helping shape the future. Research teams fed HECToR enormous …

Reaching for the Skies: Research Management in the Middle East

16 Jan 2015 Last weekend I made a trip up the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It was hard not to be impressed, not only by the view, but also at the sheer ambition needed to conceive and execute its construction. At 828m tall, the Burj Khalifa holds virtually all the records going for tall …

Helping researchers meet REF open access requirements – SHERPA/REF consultation

14 Jan 2015 The Higher Education Funding Councils have issued guidance stating that, in order to be eligible for a future Research Excellence Framework, journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will have to be made openly accessible via institutional repositories, with deposit into the repository being made at the time of acceptance for publication. …

New report highlights £9m compliance cost of UK open access requirements

21 Nov 2014 We’re delighted to announce the publication of our new report on the cost to UK research organisations of implementing funder open access policies.  Commissioned by London Higher and SPARC Europe, Counting the Costs of Open Access highlights the compliance burden associated with the move to open access publication of research articles, and for the first time identifies the administrative cost of making articles open access through the …

Survey of Open Access Costs for Institutions

1 Sep 2014 London Higher and SPARC Europe have jointly commissioned Research Consulting to evaluate the costs to UK higher education institutions of compliance with funder open access policies, specifically those of Research Councils UK and the Higher Education Funding Councils.  An on-line survey of compliance costs is now open to all UK Higher Education Institutions and Public Sector Research Establishments and will be …

Universities and Business – A Tale of Two Cities?

27 Jun 2014                I recently found the time to re-read one of my favourite books, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. (As an aside, it was only stumbling across an old copy that had been gathering dust for decades in my parents’ loft that prompted me to revisit it. In the same way as …

Research Management – What has it ever done for us?

17 Jun 2014 When I tell people that I work in research management, I often get a blank look. The alternative is to tell them I’m a Chartered Accountant, which is equally true, but also doesn’t work too well as a conversation starter at parties. So I often find it easiest just to say I’m a consultant who works with …

Open Access Comes of Age

25 Apr 2014 Slides from my presentation at the UKSG annual conference, with Catherine Sharp of UCL and Helen Dodson of the University of Manchester, are now available to view at http://slidesha.re/1hreLBi.  Well worth a look for anyone interested in how research-intensive universities are going about implementing the RCUK open access policy, plus I shared some thoughts on the potential role for …

Location, Location, Location – or Excellence?

28 Mar 2014 I left the recent Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar on Research and Innovation in the UK with plenty of food of thought.  Several of the contributors rightly questioned whether the UK has been strategic enough in its support for research, and the infrastructure necessary to underpin it.  Never far from the surface was the troubling fact that a nation …