I am attending the PURE UK User Group today to discuss the forthcoming launch of the RCUK Outcomes System.
Dale Heenan and Helen Meade gave an overview of the current status of the project noting EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC, and ESRC awards holder outcomes will be included from launch.
NERC have thier own system but expect them to review the situation and may join in the standard offering within a year.
MRC and STFC have e-VAL.
For the short term 4 systems will exist though the aspiration is that within 3-5 years all RC’s will share one outcomes reporting system.
The biggest concern is that we cannot bulk upload from research organisation systems. It would be useful to have this live when the system goes live to avoid unnecessary duplicate data entry and data cleansing and checking. RCUK are working with HEI’s on this but the timeframe is currently expected to be after go live so there is an issue.
Late October HEI’s will be given administrative access with go live planned for mid November.