Community events

Jisc OA summer series community events – open for booking now

Following on from the publication of the Research England open access report yesterday on behalf of Research England, the research councils, the Wellcome Trust and Jisc, I’m pleased to let you know about an upcoming series of free community events.

The events will take place in the following locations – full details and booking on the links below:


Where are we all with open access? How far have we got with RCUK compliance and how will things change under UKRI? Are our systems in place for the REF now that the policy is starting to bite? How far is open access practice now mainstream among researchers? Do we have the staff and skills we need to serve our institutions?

The world of open access is a fast changing environment, but it seems especially so in 2018. Both the newly formed UKRI and the Wellcome Trust are reviewing their OA policies this year.

The impact of the open access policy on REF preparation and practice in institutions is hitting home. A major report was recently released by Research England on its joint survey from last year looking at sector progress towards compliance.

Key themes

This event is a chance for the open access practitioners from institutions in the UK to community to:

  • Discuss key issues in open access
  • Look at difficulties and successes
  • Network
  • Gain peer-to-peer support
  • Find out about latest news on selected Jisc projects and services
  • Feedback their own reactions and requirements to Jisc’s development plans and funder policies.

At these events* we will hear direct from Research England on their survey, share ideas on skills development, on advocacy and engagement, and have two-way feedback on Jisc services, their development and their use in practice.

The programmes for each event are similar, but we will hear from different Jisc service managers at each event. We will also have representatives from various institutions co-facilitating the session on shared resources and staff skills.

Who should attend

  • Repository staff
  • Open access librarians
  • Research support librarians, who deal with article processing charges (APCs)
  • Research support librarians, who deal with eligibility for the research excellence framework (REF)
  • Open access policy compliance staff
  • Library decision makers

*Please note – Research England will not be at the Manchester event, but we will feed back questions and comments

If you have any questions about these events, please contact me.

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