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Open Research Handbook: Open Research Champions

A practical guide to Open Research

Open Research Champions

The University is seeking to recruit members of staff and research students to become Open Research Champions.

This exciting new initiative is being undertaken as part of the University’s Open Research Action Plan. We are seeking to create a community of Champions working across the University to promote Open Research, provide information and support to peers and colleagues, and facilitate the adoption of open and reproducible research practices.

Our initiative is inspired by the Data Champions programme at the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge programme has been running for several years and has over 130 Data Champions from a range of disciplines across the University.

Would you like to be an Open Research Champion?

We are looking for researchers, members of staff connected with research, and research students working in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences who are willing to spend a small amount of their time helping to build a culture of Open Research at the University. In return we offer Champions opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills; to raise their public profile and extend their networks, both within and outside the University; to inform University strategy and service development; and to obtain funding for Open Research activities. Champions will receive training and support from the Library’s Research Engagement team.

Appointments of Open Research Champions will be made for a 12-month term from April 2021, and may be renewed by a further 12 months on request.

The call for Open Research Champions is open for applications until 12.00 on Friday 5th March 2021. There will be an information session on Tuesday 16th February at 13.00-14.00, which anyone who is interested may attend. You can book a place here.

If you wish to become an Open Research Champion, please complete this application form. Please make sure you read the full Call for Open Resarch Champions (below) before you apply.

If you have any questions or would like an informal chat, please contact Robert Darby, Research Data Manager (0118 378 6161).

Open Research Champions Information Session

What's in it for you?

Gain new experience, knowledge and skills
  • We will provide you with training and opportunities to gain new knowledge and learn new skills, which may be of direct benefit to your research and in your future career.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop transferable professional skills in communication, presentation and training delivery.
Increase your public profile and expand your network
  • We will provide you with a public profile on our Open Research Champions web page (unless you choose to opt out).
  • You will be recognised in your School as a local Open Research contact and voice for Open Research.
  • You will become part of the Open Research Champions community, and have opportunities to make connections throughout the University.
  • By participating in initiatives and external events you can engage with national and international networks of researchers and professionals working in different ways to advance Open Research.
Inform University strategy and service development
  • You will be an advocate for the Open Research needs of your School, and will be able to communicate those needs to the University through the Open Research Forum.
  • You will be able to propose items for discussion at meetings of the Committee on Open Research and Research Integrity (CORRI).
  • You can apply to serve for a 12 months as an ex officio member of CORRI. This will provide valuable experience of University committee work. (Only one place is available.)
Obtain funding for activities
  • You can claim up to £500 per 12 months to support Open Research activities, e.g. to organise a workshop, to cover the expenses of speakers or trainers, or to attend an external training course or event.