RCUK Outcomes Update

January 31, 2011

Some of you may have received this communication from RCUK:

The project is revisiting the ways in which the Research Councils gather evidence of the outcomes and impact of their investments. This information is key to the Research Councils strengthening their evidence base for strategy development, and crucial in demonstrating the benefits of Research Council funded research to society and the economy.

Research Councils UK (RCUK) are moving away from collecting this information only at the end of funding agreements and are establishing an ongoing dialogue with the research community which allows outcomes to be reported at any point within the funding agreement and beyond. This recognises that impacts from research can be realised some time after grants or funding agreements have been completed.

RCUK are now developing the existing Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Society Today (EST) system for wider use by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The Research Councils have agreed the business requirements and outcome types which are based on consultations with focus groups representing a range of users and funders, including university research managers and representatives from HEFCE (to ensure alignment with the REF requirements). A developer has been engaged to configure the existing system to meet the new requirements and the system is expected to go-live in summer 2011 following a pilot exercise. RCUK hope to migrate much of the existing data we hold to minimise the burden on Research Organisations, and to accommodate upload of data from existing Research Organisation data collection systems.

RCUK will be sending regular emails to keep Research Organisation contacts up to date with the progress of the project, but if you have any questions or queries, please do let us know by emailing researchoutcomes@rcuk.ac.uk For more information about the project please visit the RCUK website here:


RCUK will be engaging some members of the focus groups for comments on the feel/usability of the system and the data they will be collecting.


What do you want from our blog?

January 24, 2011

We will be doing some training this week and hope to use this to enhance our blog.

If you have any suggestions for content or layout of this blog please comment and we will take it into consideration.

Support for Researchers

January 19, 2011

A recent HEFCE funded project has developed an on-line resource for principal investigators that includes sections on research environment and impact.

The project is nearing completion and the website is now available.


Tools for Lightweight Scientific Publishing

January 12, 2011

Related to our mission to make research outputs more accessible you may be interested in the knowledgeblog (kblog) project.  This project is augmenting wordpress to provide a simple, easy-to-use, and extensible framework for scientific publishing.  So far, it has been used for material that might previously have been published in a book on Ontologies:


and the Taverna workflow engine:


However, kblogs could be used for any form of scientific publishing including primary research. Kblogs support standard authoring tools (Word, Latex, Open Office). Currently, the k-blog team are adding better support for formal reviewing of articles, references and reference lists. All software is freely available.

URL’s from items published using the kblogs features could be added to institutional systems.

Visit the site:


Free WordPress Training

January 7, 2011

Hi All,

In order to improve the quality of our blogs and help people communicate about thier projects we have organised a short course.  There are a few places available (free of charge to higher and further education establishments and affiliated organisations).

The course will focus on set up and basic maintenance of a Wordpress blog.

It will run at the University of Glasgow on Wednesday 26th January 0930-1230.

If you are interested in a place please email me at valerie.mccutcheon@glasgow.ac.uk



WordPress Statistics for this Blog

January 5, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did since it’s initiation in March 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 52 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 42 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 2nd with 281 views. The most popular post that day was Enquire Final Report.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, alphainventions.com, gla.ac.uk, slashingtongue.com, and intranet.qmu.ac.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for output outcome impact, research outcomes, hebcis 2010, hebcis, and mrc e-val.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Enquire Final Report November 2010


About Research Outcomes February 2010


Output, Outcome, Impact – Waiting Patiently for Definitions June 2010


Related JISC Funded Projects May 2010


Higher Education, Business, and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS) July 2010
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