Update on RCUK Outcomes Collection

July 21, 2011

I understand that RCUK have started user acceptance testing (internal at RCUK) this week and intend to approach research organisations to do some testing in a few weeks and a pilot circa September.

Initially HEI’s will need to think about reporting of outputs that are mandated e.g. publications but the other outputs will be visible so staff will be able to enter them and we will need to be able to manage this.

On updating my gap analysis against our internal data I noticed the spec was missing patents which is meant to be on there so there may be a few other corrections to be done.  I expect an updated version and definitions will be available once the testing is complete and I will share my gap analysis once I have reviewed the updated version.


RCUK representatives will be presenting at our IRIOS London event tomorrow  and I will update this blog with any significant news.



Review of the JISC Research Information Management Program

April 11, 2011

Hi All,

A synthesis of the various projects in the last JISC RIM programme has been published and includes reference to Enquire as well as other projects that may be of interest:


RCUK Outcomes Reporting Specification

March 25, 2011

I’ve spent some time in the last few days working through the latest information I have for the specification to see how prepared we are for this at the University of Glasgow and what work might be involved. 

 I understand an update spec and timeframe will be available to us soon.

It is clear to me that there will be considerable resource requirements for Research Organisations including those that are lucky enough to already hold a lot of the data on core systems already or at the other end of the spectrum where the RO may not want to provide data from core systems but will need to support academics entering data direct to the RCUK system.

There still seems to be considerable overlap between further funding, collaboration and IP which may cause confusion and cost time.  However I am hoping where there is an overlap we can present once (.e.g. in further funding).

There are some requirements that suggest use of standard lists e.g. organisation codes for funders/collaborators frm a standard JeS list, country codes from ONS list.   Standardisation is good however in the short to medium term I suspect many Research Organisations have thier own – or different standard – code structures for these so again this may be a bit problematic.

We also have concerns about resource requirements for checking data.  I understand that RCUK wish to receive data that is suitable for the public domain.  However we think that the University of Glasgow will have to apply some specialist checking to certain data e.g.

  • Bio/Medical e.g. cell lines, antibodies
  • Electronic e.g. data set, algorithm
  • Physical e.g. new molecule, prototype

The other issue we have outstanding is Data Protection/confidentiality around staff development and wether it is appropriate for staff to be asked to comment on other staff as part of the return.

Having said all this I am expecting that the approach will be ‘supply what you can’ or perhaps focus on some key elements e.g. publications initially to allow time to set up local environments.

Outputs and Impact Code for REF

March 15, 2011

The code we amended for use in our mini-REF exercise will be available soon.    We will advertise on this blog.

If you would like us to email you when it is released please email me valerie.mccutcheon@glasgow.ac.uk

In a hurry to get started with the code?  We may be able to send you the zipped files and give you some support so please do ask.

JISC Conference

March 11, 2011

I will be doing a short presentation on Enquire  at the JISC Conference (#jisc11 for keen twitterers)

The session I will be part of is ‘Better Research Management: Strategies and Tools’ at 1.30pm so I expect to be speaking about 1.45pm

There will be a live stream from the event and the presentations will be available from the JISC website afterwards:


Measuring Impact Under CERIF

March 11, 2011

Dear All,

You may be interested in the MICE project looking at measuring impact under CERIF.


The Enquire project itself is now closed however we will still be blogging news from the sector and the University of Glasgow via this blog and hope to work with the MICE team to further prepare for reporting on outcomes and impact.

Reporting from Institutional Systems Workshop – Report and Virtual Goody Bag

March 8, 2011


Many thanks to everyone who attended the workshop in Glasgow last Friday and contributed to the  lively exchange.  It was great to see so many colleagues travelling from near and far to take part and share their experiences.

The workshop consisted of a mix of presentations and discussions. The following report outlines some of the salient points raised:

Workshop Report

RCUK new output fields

We were lucky enough to receive presentations from several speakers on their own experiences of  reporting

Laura Tyler on Glasgow’s Mini REF
William Nixon on Enlighten at Glasgow
Helen Muir on QMU outputs collection process
Simon Kerridge on Sunderland’s outputs collection, and IRIOS & RMAS projects
A virtual presentation from Darren Hunter of RCUK RCUK slide show with accompanying sound file at http://www.gla.ac.uk/r-e/pub/special/ops/enquire/feb2011workshop.wma

If you have anything to add to the report, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the comment button below or by email to aimee.cook@glasgow.ac.uk or valerie.mccutcheon@glasgow.ac.uk
Once again, thanks to everyone who helped to make this a success.