Opening up Research

Opening up Research

A collaboration promoting open research at The University of Manchester

‘Opening up Research’ is a collaborative effort involving the Office for Open Research, the School of Engineering Open Research Lead, representatives from the United Kingdom Reproducibility Network (UKRN), and Cancer Research UK Manchester institute.

Our aim is to promote and facilitate open research initiatives and practices within The University of Manchester. We recognise the importance of transparency, inclusivity, and collaboration in research, and we are committed to creating an environment where these principles thrive.

Open Research Programme 2023/24

We’ve planned a series of open research events for the academic year 2023/24, designed to engage and inspire our research community regarding open research practices. The events are open to all University staff, including professional services staff, postgraduate researchers, and early career researchers.


Open Research: Excellence and Funding

The final part of the 2023/24 academic year event series will feature a guest from UKRI who will speak about open research and funding, providing an outlook on what's to come in the new REF 2029.

  • Speakers: Myles Furr from Research England, who was part of the REF team for REF2021 and is involved in REF2029, and Chloe Jeffries, Head of Strategic Funding, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester.
  • Date: Thursday, 21 March 2024, 10am-12pm, Three Links Room, Oddfellows Hall, Grosvenor Street, Manchester.
  • Sign up here: Open Research: Excellence and Funding.

Open Research Conference

Join us at the Open Research Conference and Awards 2024, hosted by the Office for Open Research in partnership with the School of Engineering Open Research Lead, the UK Reproducibility Network, and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute.

  • Speakers: Keynotes from Sarah de Rijcke (Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University) and Malvika Sharan (Senior Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute and co-founder of OLS (previously Open Life Sciences) 
  • Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2024, Manchester Museum.
  • More information here.


Past Events

Open Research: Culture and Change

The first part of our open research event programme explores how to drive change forward and successfully implement open research strategies. This interactive session will be led by the Campaign for Science and Engineering’s Dr. Ben Bleasdale. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Speakers: Dr. Ben Bleasdale (Director CaSE and former Senior Policy & Advocacy Adviser who led the #ReimagineResearch campaign at the Wellcome Trust).
  • Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10am - 12pm, Oddfellows Hall, Tolpuddle Room.

Open Research: Justice, Sustainability and Equality

The second part of our open research event series explores how open research intersects with justice, sustainability, and equality.

  • Speakers: Dr Federica Lucivero, senior researcher in Ethics and Data at Ethox Centre, the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the department of Population Health, Dr Bregt Saenen, Senior Policy Officer for Open Science at Science Europe, Dr Cathal Rogers, Research Culture and Assessment Manager at The University of Manchester, and Scott Taylor, Head of the Office for Open Research at The University of Manchester.
  • Date: Thursday, 25 January 2024, 10am, Red 3.1 Main Library.

Open Research: Sharing and Collaboration

The third part of our event series features Professor Carole Goble, who will speak about the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusable) Principles and Elixir. Discover the importance of sharing and collaboration in research and how to implement such practices.

  • Speakers: Professor Carole Goble (Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester and Head of Node Elixir-UK), Professor Richard Taylor (BNFL Chair in Nuclear Energy Systems at The University of Manchester and former Chief Engineer of the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory).
  • Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024, 10am, The Patterson Building, CRUK Manchester Institute.

Find out more

Please check this website for more details and registration information as each event approaches.

For any queries relating to ‘Opening up Research’, please email the team: