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.


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.

UKRN Response to REF28 initial decisions and Research Environment

There is increasing attention on the research environment, culture and the importance of recognising and welcoming a wide range of talent in research. Just in the last few weeks, the Royal Society of Chemistry released their vision for science culture, the University... One Year In One Year In

I always said that the hard bit of improving the publication (and hence incentive) system in research was not coming up with a better way to do it … it’s in helping people move to using it.

UKRN ORCC releases three primers on Open Research

UKRN ORCC releases three primers on Open Research

UKRN is pleased to announce the release of three primers on Open Research.  Open research is important because it ensures transparency across the research lifecycle, promoting rigour, reproducibility, and public trust in research.  We are pleased that research...

2023 UKRN Local Network Lead Retreat

2023 UKRN Local Network Lead Retreat

Written by Vicky Hellon and Alden Conner, The Alan Turing Institute, UK. The UKRN Local Network Leads (LNLs) are the network’s grassroots reproducibility representatives and points of contact at their respective institutions. There are 79 LNLs across 66 institutions...

Training on Open Source Hardware: A primer from UKRN

Training on Open Source Hardware: A primer from UKRN

Open source hardware (OSH) refers to equipment and instrumentation whose designs are made available to anyone for use, modify, and distribute without restrictions in ways that are easily understood.  OSH is part of the Open Science Ecosystem, intersecting with open...