Make it open


For help and advice on all aspects of Open Access, including how to make your work available in LJMU’s institutional repository LJMU Research Online, contact the Library Research Support Team 


UK Data Service – webinar series

UK data serviceThe UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students and teachers from all sectors, including academia, central and local government, charities and foundations, independent research centres, think tanks, and business consultants and the commercial sector.

The UK Data Service collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.

To help you get the most from the UK Data Service they run a series of webinars which introduce different aspects of the service and explain the key datasets:

Introduction to the UK Data Service, 11 October

Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service, 19 October

Key issues in reusing data, 26 October

Data management basics, 2 November

Guided walk through ReShare, 12 December

They also run introductory webinars on key data, focusing on the most popular datasets:

UK and cross-national surveys, 9 November

Census data, 16 November

Longitudinal surveys, 23 November

Data about countries, 30 November

Qualitative data, 5 December

Business data, 11 December


All of the webinars run from 15.00—16.00 and are free to attend.

Don’t face your research journey alone – come to the next Researcher Introductory Workshop

Researcher Support Workshop

Researcher Introductory Workshop 

13th September 2017


Room G.21, Ground Floor, Exchange Station

The research journey can be thrilling, challenging, inspiring, frustrating – and let’s face it, sometimes lonely – but there are a range of colleagues who are available to advise, guide and support you.

If you are an Early Career Researcher or a more experienced academic, this afternoon will provide an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with some of the LJMU colleagues who are here to help you AND to let them know something about you and your research ambitions. Come along and chat to colleagues from:

  • Grants, Policy and Projects
  • Research Excellence
  • Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation
  • Research Ethics and Governance
  • Library Services
  • Graduate School

This will be an interesting and enjoyable opportunity to make connections that will prove invaluable over the course of your research journey. Talk with the people who make up your LJMU support network, find out what they can do to help you and share your experiences and challenges with them and other researchers.

Get to know your support network!

For more information and to book your place click here: Researcher Support Workshop 13th September 2017

The Building Blocks of Impact – final ACTivator session this academic year


The Building Blocks of Impact
Thursday 29th June 2017, 10.30am-1.30pm
Room 519, Redmonds Building

Impact is a hot topic for researchers, playing an important part in the Research Excellence Framework and featuring as a key priority for funders. But impact doesn’t just happen. It needs to be considered early in any research project and you will need a clear plan and a budget for impact generation and capture.

In this workshop you will identify what impact is (and isn’t), the different types of impact and the potential reach and significance of your research. You will reflect on how well prepared you are to create and capture impact and look at the important role played by your stakeholders.

We will focus on the need to get your research ‘out there’ through effective communication and begin the process of creating a ‘value proposition’ for your research – one of the first and most important building blocks for generating impact. You will also make a start on your Impact Map, which will provide a useful guide for you as your research evolves.

For more information and to book your place click here: Building Blocks of Impact

A little bit of give and take (in peer review)

If you want explore the benefits of peer review (as a reviewer and as a reviewee) and the responsibilities involved in both roles then this session is for you:


The Give and Take of Peer Review 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 1.30pm-4.30pm, Room 519, Redmonds Building

Peer review is a crucial tool to help improve your chances of success when applying for external funding. Done properly, peer review is a positive experience for reviewer AND reviewee, honing skills which will not only increase the quality of your application and the likelihood of securing funding but will be transferable to other areas of your professional life.

Peer review is also a compulsory step in the process LJMU sets out for academics applying for the vast majority of bids. If you intend to apply for external research funding, you need to understand and embrace the peer review process.

In this session you will also look at the hard and soft skills required for effective peer review and practice some of them with colleagues in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

For more information and to book your place click here: The Give and Take of Peer Review

What’s it like being a researcher at LJMU?

Research staff now have the opportunity to tell us about their career experiences and development (the good and the bad) via one of two national surveys. 

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is for those researchers who are primarily employed to conduct research.

The Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) is for those who are principally responsible for setting the intellectual direction of research and personally responsible for the management of research staff and/or the supervision of postgraduate researchers.

These are national surveys undertaken by a large number of Higher Education institutions across the UK. Responses will give an understanding of what is working and not working for researchers at LJMU and enable the local research environment to be improved. The collective UK findings will also be used by funding bodies and institutions to inform actions across the sector.

Both surveys are now live and will be open until Monday 7th May. Links to the surveys have been sent via email.

  • If you receive a link to the CROS survey please complete it asap
  • If you receive a link to the PIRLS survey please read the eligibility statement and complete it ONLY if it applies to you. THERE IS NO NEED TO COMPLETE BOTH SURVEYS.

Please note: The surveys are managed through Bristol Online Survey and responses are anonymous. Each survey should take around 15 minutes (max) to complete.

We need to know the reality of being a researcher here at LJMU so please…tell us!

For more information, contact Mel Jones, Research Excellence Team: