Open Access week: whats happening in the UK

Last week I asked repository managers in the UK to let me know what they are doing this week to promote open access in their institutions as part of SPARC’s International Open Access week. I’ve had a really good response and I’ve listed below a summary  of activities (in no particular order) – if yours isn’t there please add it as a comment. There are so many events and imaginative projects which will really help to raise the profile of open access. Well done UK repository staff! You can also check out the JISC OA week site for managers and researchers which will focus on a different aspect of OA on each day.

Open University: Competition for the best ORO success story jointly run by Library services and the Research School. Submitted by Colin Smith (with thanks to the Welsh Repsoitory Network for the idea).

Glyndwr University: Competition for the best submission on the theme “Tell us why you think our research repository is good for Glyndwr University”. Submitted by Misha Jepson.

University of Sussex: A series of seminars on different topics , some targetted at specific groups e.g. a session from BioMed Central for early career researchers. Submitted by Chris Keene.

Anglia Ruskin University: An afternoon event with the Executive Editor of PLoS One, a mystery competition and cake. Submitted by Ruth Rule.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Leaflets, blog postings, internet and intranet postings describing what OA week is and the work at Queen Margaret towards open access. Screencast demonstrating the deposit process. Submitted by Helen Muir.

University of Southampton/EPrints: Open Access Mandate Adoption Challenge. Institutions worldwide who have adopted, or who are planning to adopt, an OA mandate are invited to register their policy in ROARMAP. Submitted by Stevan Harnad.

School of Advanced Study: A repository re-launch event with wine and speeches. The repository has a new aesthetic design and has migrated from DSpace to EPrints. Submitted by Peter Webster.

University of Leicester: “Repository in your Office“. Repository staff will visit researchers in their offices to collect materials for archiving in the repository and offer 1-2-1 consultations on open access. This has been promoted widely via the University’s bulletin board. Submitted by Gareth Johnson.

University of Notingham: Message of the day on the university home page will promote open access including links to the publication and how to add resources to the repository. Submitted by Amanda Hodgson.

University of Warwick: Drop in sessions and presentations, afternoon event with speaker (Gerry Lawson of NERC), a competition for the most deposits and a podcast about WRAP. Submitted by Yvonne Budden.

Leeds Metropolitan University: Series of awareness raising events at the different campuses – both actual and virtual via Elluminate.

University of Huddersfield: Questionnaire to guage the success of the repository which will inform future advocacy plans. Submitted by Graham Stone with thanks to the University of Edinburgh. Graham drew on a questionnaire in their data repository (recently blogged by RSP). OA in action! 

Welsh Repository Network: Competition for the best repository success story.

University of Worcester: Lots of events including displays, workshops and chocolate incentives. Submitted by Janet Davidson.

About Jackie Wickham
I am based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham. I work on the JISC funded Repositories Support Project which supports the development and growth of the UK repositories network.

13 Responses to Open Access week: whats happening in the UK

  1. Rowena Rouse says:

    RADAR is one year old!

    RADAR – Oxford Brookes University’s institutional repository is celebrating its first birthday during Open Access Week. The two Pro Vice-Chancellors for student experience and research are making presentations, together with a couple of case studies.

    Take a look inside RADAR: Brookes research, Brookes photos, Brookes teaching, Brookes Virtual help, Bob’s Cartoons …..
    More information:

  2. Durham University: Message in previous week’s University email bulletin to all staff ;
    News story on Library home page and status update on Facebook ;
    Daily updates scheduled throughout the week on both the Library’s
    and the Repository’s Twitter accounts.

  3. Tracy kent says:

    At the University of Birmingham all research active staff will receive a postcard outlining benefits of the repository and being encouraged to add content. Web pages have been updated and there are local displays of material around the university. A number of articles have also appeared aimed at local researchers and staff on what open access is and how we all benefit.

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  5. Thanks for doing this page, Jackie. Here are two others from Southampton:

    (1) EPrints celebrates its 10th birthday during OA Week

    (2) The Mandated Open Access Impact Advantage

  6. Neil Stewart says:

    At LSE, we are giving some awards for supporint Open Access, and we are holding a drop-in event to talk to academic colleagues about OA at LSE to try to encourage greater OA and use of LSE Research Online. Information here:

  7. Neil Stewart says:

    Should be “supporting” above obviously!

  8. The Electronic Publishing Trust for Development is collecting ‘OA Stories’ from around the world that show how OA has benefitted their work. This is a ‘work in progress’ and more stories are anticipated. If this is of interest, click on

  9. Jackie Proven says:

    University of St Andrews: Displays, bookmarks and free cakes in the library. New Open Access blogand library web pages created, mini campaign on Twitter, promotion of new links between our Research Information System and rebranded full text repository.

  10. Robin Rice says:

    To coincide with Open Access Week 2010 we are pleased to report that a further open access deposit has recently been made to Edinburgh DataShare, the digital repository of multi-disciplinary research datasets produced at the University of Edinburgh, hosted by the Data Library.

    This most recent submission comprises data and documentation from the International Stroke Trial (IST). The IST, conducted by the International Stroke Trial Collaborative Group and led by Prof Peter Sandercock of the University’s Dept of Clinical Neurosciences, was one the biggest randomised trials in acute stroke.
    The permanent identifier of the dataset is View Data Library news item.

  11. At the University of East London all staff have received a leaflet advertising our repository ( and explaining the benefits of submitting work. Drop-in work shops are on offer for library staff on the enquiry desks and subject librarians have got on board distributing leaflets and flyers at key research meetings. There’s also a big poster/postcard/email campaign with a mascot (a ‘roaring’ bear) appearing on flat screen televisions on campus advertising a prize for the most full text items deposited during Open Access Week.

  12. Graham says:

    We have now made the data and report from the Huddersfield survey available at: and

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