further & higher education

Achieving Full Open Access Across Higher Education

further & higher education

08:45 - 16:00

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Prospero House- etc Venues, Central London

This Forum will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to explore the latest recommendations on how universities can effectively transition to open access before REF 2021. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from UKRI, Jisc and the Association for Research Managers and Administrators as well as a range of best practice case studies from leading institutions on how they have utilised digital solutions and created robust open access infrastructure.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education sector including:

  • Vice-Chancellors
  • Pro-Vice Chancellors
  • Librarians
  • Directors of Open Access 
  • Directors of Strategic Research
  • Deans of Research
  • Directors of Research and Development
  • Directors of Knowledge Exchange
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Heads of Library Services 
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Commercial Management 
  • Heads of Research Support 
  • Directors of Research and Innovation
  • Heads of Research Partnerships
  • Senior Research Managers
  • Research Support Officers
  • Strategic Project Managers

This Forum is also open to the Private and Voluntary Sectors, as well as Central Government, in order to encourage debate and networking.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Professor Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council 
  • Dr Emma Wilson, Publishing Director, Journals, Books and Databases, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Liam Earney, Director, Jisc
  • Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, Association for Research Managers and Administrators
  • Dimity Flanagan, Scholarly Communications Lead, British Library
  • Chris Banks, Assistant Provost & Director of Library Services, Imperial College London
View the agenda and additional speakers

With leading UK universities spending, on average, £4 million a year on journal subscriptions the move towards open access publications is set to change the way that universities view research. Open access has become increasingly prevalent in recent years due its inclusion in the REF 2021 Framework, UK universities are being encouraged to move towards full open access for academic research to improve the dissemination of research.

The implementation of open access for universities was required to start from 2018 so universities should now be working towards implementing open access on a wider scale across all publicly funded research. The move towards universities creating their own publishing press has been vital in encouraging academics to make sure that their work is available via open access and research can be disseminated internationally. Universities are increasingly utilising partnership working between UK and international HEIs to share their knowledge and expertise on how open access has effected their research practices. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced in 2018 that they will be performing an Open Access Review which will assess the effectiveness of existing policies surrounding open access and will ensure UKRI can deliver sustainable support to ensure open access is achieved.

It is vital that UK universities have the essential infrastructure to support an increased amount of research being published in an open access format. Universities must be investing both time and resources into creating fit-for-purpose repositories especially considering the increasingly stretched nation of resources and funding. It is more important than ever for HEIs to understand the best and more effective methods of implementing open access across the higher education sector.

Dr Laura Bellingan, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Royal Society of Biology

Laura Bellingan is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), overseeing science policy advice activities of the RSB which engages with government, funding agencies, academia, industry, education and the public sphere. She is interested in public use of science, its dissemination, and its governance, and works to promote the use of biological knowledge in policy development and implementation. Her post-doctoral research focused on human inflammatory cell biology, and her masters on science and culture. She has been a member of the Finch Group, the UUK Open Access Coordination Group, the Steering Group of the Nuffield Council for Bioethics report on the Culture of Scientific Research in the UK, and BBSRC working groups on Post-Doctoral Researchers and Non-Faculty Researchers. 

Professor Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council and UKRI Executive Champion for Open Access

Duncan received a B.Sc. from the University of Leeds in 1979, and a Ph.D from the University of Bath in 1984, both in physics. He joined University College London in 1986, where he held lecturing posts at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

He was appointed as a Chair in the Department of Space and Climate Physics in 1996, and was Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL from 2005 to 2010.

He was founder and Director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) from 2000 to 2005 which, among other things, discovered the widespread mass loss from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its origin in accelerated ocean melting.

He was Chairman of the Science and Innovation Board of NERC and, since 2000, the Lead Investigator of the ESA CryoSat and CryoSat-2 satellite missions.

Duncan became Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council on 1st January 2012 and then Executive Chair on 1st April 2018, when the Natural Environment Research Council became part of UK Research and Innovation 

Dimity Flanagan, Scholarly Communications Lead, British Library

Dimity Flanagan is leading on the development and implementation of the British Library’s scholarly communications portfolio. A key focus of this work is to understand the impact of the growing volume of open access scholarly content on Library services and how the Library can ensure that it continues to fulfil its mission of supporting research and preserving the UK’s scholarly output. Dimity is also working to ensure the wider accessibility of BL research through the establishment of the British Library open access policy for staff research outputs. Before coming to the BL, Dimity worked in university libraries both in the United Kingdom and Australia.


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck University (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Exploring the Landscape of Open Access in the UK Higher Education Sector

  • Exploring how universities can effectively coordinate the move towards open access, as well as providing practical advice on how to monitor this process
  • Discussing how the UUK Open Access Coordination Group provides advice on open access policies and coordinates with key stakeholders to explore current challenges impacting higher education institutions
  • Understanding the importance of encouraging a culture of open access within universities to increase research usage and sharing guidance on how to achieve this
  • Examining how the coordination group develops and interprets data to ensure the implementation of open access in priority areas

Dr Emma Wilson, Publishing Director, Journals, Books and Databases, Royal Society of Chemistry (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Understanding the Impact that Open Access Will Have on International Research

  • Exploring the role of UKRI as part of the cOAlition S, a collective European commitment to open access publishing and how this will be assessed in the Open Access Review
  • Examining the key findings from the UKRI Open Access Review including identifying the main issues that need to be considered when creating a robust open access policy
  • Discussing the biggest barriers to implementing open access in HEIs such as the administrative effort associated with the distribution of open access articles
  • Ensuring HEIs are providing full open access and maintaining confidence in the peer review system and exploring how UKRI can help sustain open access

Professor Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council and UKRI Executive Champion for Open Access (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Successfully Establishing Robust Infrastructure, Process and Policy to Effectively Support Open Access

  • Outlining Imperial’s Current Research Information System (CRIS – Symplectic Elements) and Repository (DSpace: ‘Spiral’) infrastructure and the processes which have been put in place to enable the easy deposit and discovery of all articles and conference reports
  • Outlining how funder policy mandates have had a positive impact on deposit rates
  • Showing how the ‘policy stack’ creates challenges in supporting academics to be compliant with funder policies and REF2021 eligibility criteria, and how an institutional OA policy might help
  • Exploring the key challenges – financial and operational –  faced by research-intensive institutions, such as Imperial, when dealing with the implementation of a culture of open access
  • Highlighting the next steps for HEIs when creating effective open access services in light of Plan S and the UKRI Open Access Review

Chris Banks, Assistant Provost & Director of Library Services, Imperial College London (CONFIRMED) 


Case Study: Analysing the Impact that Open Access Publishing has on International Research Engagement

  • Outlining the impact that publishing open access journals will have on disseminating research internationally including helping to encourage policy evaluations that will help to influence policymakers
  • Highlighting how the University of Cambridge manages the expenditure of publishing in open access, such as Article Processing Charges (APCs) and what policies and procedures have been put in place to support the transition to full open access
  • Examining how Cambridge University Press is diversifying its open access publishing through the introduction of Cambridge Elements, a range of long-form peer-reviewed publications made for a global digital environment
  • Discussing the impact that Plan S, the international initiative made in conjunction with 12 European countries, will have on early career researchers and how it may discourage international research partnerships

Dr Arthur Smith, Acting Joint Deputy Head of Scholarly Communication (Open Access), University of Cambridge (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Effectively Meeting and Demonstrating Compliance with Open Access Policy

  • Exploring how to create a university-wide approach to open access and embed open access compliance by implementing effective systems to overcome interoperability issues and comply with publisher requirements
  • Highlighting how to comply with open access policies through the range of digital solutions Jisc offer, such as SHERPA, which helps HEIs make informed decisions about open access
  • Evaluating how Jisc assess whether a transformative agreement is compliant with a research funder’s policies and the requirements Jisc expect the agreement to meet such as transparency and constraining costs
  • Discussing how cOAlition S will impact the international open access landscape and how Jisc will work in partnership with UK HEIs to implement repository systems to meet these requirements

Liam Earney, Director- Jisc Collections, Jisc (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Exploring the Importance of Partnership Working in Relation to Open Access

  • Examining the benefits of open access, including increasing innovation and how this helps generate research being turned into practical applications
  • Exploring the importance of implementing research exemptions for open access to ensure academic research will be unhindered or compromised by commercial interests
  • Balancing the priorities of open access, being realistic about facilitating access to research at a time of increased pressure on university resources
  • Highlighting the importance of partnership working between HEIs to share the resource burden of open access by collaborating on the storing, curating and facilitating of access to information associated with open access

Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent & Association for Research Managers and Administrators (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: The Benefits of Implementing an Open Access University Press Model

  • Exploring the emerging Open Access University Press model and the support these provide to academics to publish monographs and journals in open access to provide greater visibility and impact for the institution’s research
  • Launching UCL Press, the first fully open access university press in the UK with over 100 books published to date that have achieved nearly 2 million downloads worldwide
  • Highlighting what it takes to run a successful open access university press and what the benefits are to both author and institution
  • Discussing the future policy for monographs, including Research England’s intention to move towards a requirement for open access monographs in the REF
  • Sharing the future of the UCL Press including the launch of its new megajournal, and its growing open access textbook programme

Lara Speicher, Head of Publishing, UCL Press (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Understanding the Impact of Open Access on Learned Societies

  • Exploring how HEIs and learned societies can better interact to promote open access activities across the sector
  • Highlighting the importance of realistic time scales when implementing open access, including archived materials
  • Discussing the financial and community challenges facing smaller organisations and Royal Society of Biology members when looking to implement open access
  • Sharing guidance on how to engage academics in open access throughout the research process and keeping up to date with policy changes
  • Exploring the potential future for open access in the context of open research, open data and data mining 

Dr Laura Bellingan, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Royal Society of Biology (CONFIRMED)


Closing Keynote: Improving User Experiences to Encourage Support for Open Access

  • Discussing how the British Library will help support open access within the academic research community to realise the social, economic and cultural impact of UK research
  • Exploring how implementing open access can help to protect scholarly content for future researchers
  • Understanding how the British Library will work in partnership with the wider research community to enable users to access open access content through their discovery services
  • Highlighting how the partnership between the British Library and Impactstory will help to create an efficient search engine for open access articles within the UK and improve experiences for users

Dimity Flanagan, Scholarly Communications Lead, British Library (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chairs Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change

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