Today we are delighted to announce that Nottingham Trent University, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Essex have all become institutional members of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN). This brings the total number of institutional members to 36 and means UKRN has doubled its institutional membership in less than three years.
Professor Chris Greer, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at Essex, said: “We are bringing a passion for open science and reproducibility along with a commitment to sharing our experiences and learning from others within the network. We are committed and eager to contribute to the UKRN mission, sharing its vision and promoting its objectives with Dr Osama Mahmoud promoting engagement with the network’s mission as our UKRN institutional lead.”
Professor Richard Emes, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at Nottingham Trent, said, “Open research that benefits all is core to our objectives at NTU. Joining UKRN helps us to do more to develop, disseminate and learn with other institutions. Our UKRN institutional lead, Rebekah Smith McGloin, is driving positive cultural change across the spectrum of research activities, fostering collaboration to enable researchers to better conduct and promote rigorous, reproducible, and transparent research.”
Professor Silke Machold, Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at Leeds Beckett, said, “Formal membership of UKRN will support us in progressing our strategic goals and their related initiatives. Our UKRN institutional lead, Professor Brendan Gough, looks forward to sharing the experience of our journey and learning from others, for example being a member of the Community of Practice in UKRN’s OR4 project as we review our institutional practices for recognition and reward”.
Professor Marcus Munafo, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research Culture at the University of Bristol and chair of the UKRN Supervisory Board said, “UKRN’s model of collaboration to promote research rigour and transparency is attracting more and diverse institutions, even before the precise details of the People, Culture and Environment section of the next REF are known. We are thrilled to welcome Nottingham Trent, Essex and Leeds Beckett into the UKRN community of institutions, and look forward to further expanding and deepening the ways in which we work together to improve UK research”.