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September 2015

University Research Information System

(3 September 2015)

A University-wide project to improve manual processes and to provide support for the full research life-cycle.

The University Research Information System is a University-wide project led by the Directorate of Research and Business Engagement Support Services (RBESS). The system is intended to bring about a significant improvement in the University’s support for the full research life-cycle and, thereby, contribute to the achievement of our research ambitions.

In late 2014, Elsevier’s Pure software was judged to be the preferred software, and implementation of Pure began in March 2015. The project’s implementation teams have been working to populate Pure with base data (the import of person, external organisation and postgraduate research student and supervision information). The first tranche of existing publication records has now been successfully migrated from eScholar to Pure.

The system will be the single point of truth for research content. It aims to support Research Support Services’ business processes to improve a range of efficiencies and manual processes, such as recording details of applications and awards, supporting REF2020 and internal research assessment exercises, and providing information on funding opportunities. It will provide a staff research profile that brings together for the first time, research information that would include, but is not limited to, awards, collaborators, impact, and research outputs.

The Project’s 22 member Academic Advisory Group (AAG) discussed the overall purpose, content and structure of research profiles, looking at a number of existing Pure web profiles in use at other UK universities. Their recommendations, along with feedback from wider planned consultation with researchers, will feed into the development of this area of Pure over the coming months. The team would welcome your questions and suggestions which can be sent to cris@manchester.ac.uk.

Project lead, Lisa McClare (RBESS), will be sending regular updates to staff about the progress of the project, which will be shared through Humanities eNews and HumNet. More information can also be found on the project website.