Open Research Programme

UKRN has launched a five-year programme of work across our consortium of institutional members, supported by our project partners and Research England, to accelerate the uptake of high-quality open research practices, and the many benefits to research quality, integrity and public trust in research that will consequently flow.

Initiatives and events

UKRN offers support for initiatives to promote robust and rigorous research, focusing on establishing conversations about reproducibility, providing tools and guidance to promote best practice, and encouraging professional development of researchers. UKRN runs and promotes events and regular workshops on the topic of reproducible research.

Conference audience


UKRN hosts an annual meeting in March each year, and supports an annual conference in September: Reproducibility, Replicability and Trust In Science. We also run regular workshops on the topics of leadership, data management, research culture and methods.


UKRN supports initiatives to encourage appropriate methodology, accountability and the establishment of working groups, as well as promoting conversations around open science and open research, and providing tools that make reproducibility easier.

Latest news

We produce news to promote examples of reproducible research in the UK, as well as our events and initiatives. Do you want to write about reproducibility in your field? Please contact us about writing for our blog.

The 2024 LNL Retreat in Newcastle

The 2024 LNL Retreat in Newcastle

A central feature of the UKRN is supporting its grassroots community of over 90 local network leads (LNLs) from 80 UK universities (see list here). One way - among many - the UKRN does this is by hosting an annual retreat over several days. The aim is to strengthen...

Spotlight an ORCA: Jackie Thompson

Spotlight an ORCA: Jackie Thompson

One of Jackie's roles is the ORCA at Oxford. She also works with the Open Scholarship team (Bodleian Library) and Research Practice team (Research Services) at Oxford, as well as retaining a post as Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol. In common...

UK Reproducibility’s Vision Strategy & Annual Plan 2024-2025

UK Reproducibility’s Vision Strategy & Annual Plan 2024-2025

Today the UK Research Network (UKRN) has released its first strategy and annual plan, outlining the network's three-year goals and specific activities for the coming year. This plan, created through extensive member consultation and evidence, will be updated annually....

Wikimedia and open research:  a Primer from UKRN

Wikimedia and open research: a Primer from UKRN

The ethos of UKRN is to collaborate and so today we are delighted to publish a new primer that is both about perhaps the most successful collaboration of the internet era, that of Wikimedia, and the product of collaboration (between the universities of Leeds and...

Spotlight an ORCA: Ruth Davies

Spotlight an ORCA: Ruth Davies

Ruth moved from the Civil Service to join the Open Research Programme in 2022, from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to King’s College London. Her time at DLUHC gave her experience of policy roles, especially on housing, and corporate...