Efficiency of RCUK Outcomes System

September 15, 2011

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.






RCUK Outcomes System – Comments

September 14, 2011

Attached my high level comments from my RCUK Outcomes System testing.  Template is as supplied by RCUK.

Will be discussing with peers from the PURE UK User Group tomorrow and will report back any interesting points.

RCUK Outcomes System – Observations

IRIOS – Research Council Awards and Outputs

July 29, 2011

The presentations from the recent IRIOS event and demonstration are available on the blog:



A report will be added to the blog soon.

You can also try the demonstrator yourself via the blog entry:



Repositories and CRIS: Working Smartly Together

July 29, 2011

The slides from the event can be viewed via the download buttons at:


The event touched on impact, output, REF, RCUK outcomes, ePrints and more.

Research Council UK Reporting

July 29, 2011

The new Research Council Outcomes reporting system will be undergoing user acceptance testing with some HEI’s during August.  Glasgow will be one of the test organisations.  I will report back via this blog.

RCUK will update the webpage:


The spec is available on this blog:


Happy to chat with people about the requirements. Please email me at valerie.mccutcheon@glasgow.ac.uk.  I will be on holiday first two weeks in August but will get back to you.

Event reviews: Repositories and CRIS- Working Smartly together

July 21, 2011

Event review: Repositories and CRIS- Working Smartly together.