By Lauren Wilson, Research Systems Manager

I am delighted to be writing about the launch of the new Research Hub project, after lots of time spent working with colleagues to review and consider the details of the required upgrade of the research systems at the University.  We have a project board with senior University management direction and input, and a focus group which is made up of academic and administrative colleagues across faculties and in the professional services.  

There are many systems that are used in research at the University, including RMS, the portal, staff webpages, research professional, and the institutional outputs and data repositories, STORRE and DataSTORRE.  The Research Hub project is looking at improvement and integration of these various systems so that researchers at Stirling have a one-stop-shop online interface to go to, in order to effectively manage and record their research.  Among many things, this will enable staff to access the funding application information and support that they need, and to ensure they have open, accessible and discoverable profiles and outputs online.

Currently, one of the main research systems at the University is RMS – the Research Management System.  We are now in a position where we are going to be starting a project to replace this with Worktribe, a new system to support the research lifecycle from funding opportunities right through to the management of outputs.  Worktribe is well embedded in the UK higher education sector, and so far has 17 institutions within the research management user group, who are all using either the pre/post award management tool, or the outputs management tool, or both, like us.

We have a project team in place, with myself as Project Manager and representatives from the Research & Enterprise Office and colleagues within Information Services.  We have a communications plan in place, and will be making sure we use various channels to help the research community at the University to stay informed and to be able to give feedback at all stages throughout.  The various channels include:

  • Posts here on the Research and Enterprise Blog which have been categorized with “Research Hub”
  • A dedicated webpage about the project, where updates on project milestones and key dates will be posted
  • Regular tweets from @stir_research
  • Posters and postcards throughout the campus buildings

The main point of contact for the project has also been set up as an email address – researchhub@stir.ac.uk.  If you have any questions, or you’re looking to provide input into the project outcomes, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Our focus group will be regularly asked to provide input via workshops and meetings throughout the project, so if you’d be interested in taking part please let me know – new participants are always welcome!