The University has produced a Policy Statement and associated guidance on responsible research assessment, including the appropriate use of quantitative research metrics.
The University has established a Research Culture Committee, chaired by the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Culture, which reports to University Research Committee. It brings together academic and professional services representatives to coordinate research culture activity across the University and advise on strategy, in order to ensure a positive research culture and a cycle of continuous improvement.
Guidance and policies:
Tools and systems:
data.bris, the University’s Research Data Repository
The Library Research Support team provides a webpage describing Open Research practices, with further information on support available across the University for specific Open Research practices.
The team provides training, advice and support on Gold and Green Open Access publishing, including depositing accepted manuscripts in the University’s institutional repository. This has a public-facing portal, Explore Bristol Research, and provides links to the University’s Research Data Management and Open Data policy and the Open Access policy.
A dedicated Research Data Service provides researchers with training, advice, and support on how to plan, manage and share research data and code, following the principles of FAIR data, through data.bris, the University’s Research Data Repository. The repository publishes open and access restricted datasets and has a dedicated Data Access Committee.
The Research Data Service webpages include guidance on research data management planning for a range of funders, on data sharing, on data access statements, on research software, and on sensitive data. These are provided under CC-BY licenses to promote use across the sector.
University-wide development opportunities are advertised and managed through Develop, the University’s learning management system. The University’s development offer is informed through regular consultation and engagement by the Staff Development Team.
This engagement includes the Research Staff Working Party, the Academic Career Development Programme Board, the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT), Bristol Doctoral College (BDC), Library Services, and the Research Culture Committee.
Additional training is also available at a Faculty and School level, through Bristol Doctoral College, and through Library Services (e.g., an interactive Research Data Bootcamp). The University also hosts regular RIOTS seminars on Open Research topics.
Responsible Research Assessment / Recognition and Reward for open research
The University of Bristol has produced a Policy Statement and associated guidance on responsible research assessment, including the appropriate use of quantitative research metrics. The University is also a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and fully endorses the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics.
The University directly recognises and rewards open research practices, through inclusion in promotion criteria, and an annual Open Research prize open to all staff across all career stages. It rewards innovative approaches to implementing open research practices in any discipline and includes an annual event to showcase these.
Research Ethics and Integrity
The University has produced a Statement on Research Integrity and is committed to meeting the commitments of Universities UK’s Concordat to Support Research Integrity. We have a core-funded central Research Governance Team, which includes Research Integrity as a fundamental element.
Research ethics processes are embedded within faculties and schools with strategic oversight from the University Ethics of Research Committee (UERC). The UERC maintains the high standards of ethical review at the University through a system of annual reporting and monitoring visits.
An ongoing training programme promotes awareness and embedding of ethical principles into the research culture of the University. The University’s quality assurance framework for research conduct includes training and development opportunities for staff and students which includes the promotion of open research.