Next Steps for Delivering Full Open Access in Higher Education

Confirmed to Speak

  • Max Hastings, Open Science Lead, UKRI Strategy
  • Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent & Association for Research Managers and Administrators
  • Dr Emma Wilson, Publishing Director, Journals, Books and Databases, Royal Society of Chemistry & Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
  • Bill Hubbard, Head of Scholarly Communications Support & Director, Centre for Research Communications, Jisc
  • Dr Arthur Smith, Acting Joint Deputy Head of Scholarly Communication (Open Access), University of Cambridge
  • (Chair) Professor Yvonne Barnett, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Nottingham Trent University & Former Co-Chair, UUK Gold Open Access Service Standards Working Group
  • Further Speakers TBA


With UKRI now fully established and planning a comprehensive review of its Open Access policies later this year, and preliminary OA requirements in place for REF 2021, now is the time for HEIs to be ensuring they are fully briefed on the current policy landscape and future challenges.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to hear the latest on UKRI’s review and guarantee full compliance with the REF 2021 stipulations. Hear from other universities how they are successfully tackling issues you are facing and make sure you are meeting the UKRI principle that “publicly funded research in the UK should be widely and freely accessible as soon as possible”.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Current key issues: UKRI Open Access policies and upcoming review
  • Open Access under REF 2021: requirements, exceptions and timescales
  • Addressing the financial consequences of Open Access, including rising article publishing charges and accompanying grant costs
  • Effective relationships with publishers and other key partners
  • Data management post-GDPR: sensitive data, governance and ethics implications
  • Role of technology and digital tools in facilitating Open Access
  • Practical steps in implementing full open access in individual HEIs
  • Successful approaches to Open Access institutional repositories
  • Best practice in partnership working in and out of HEIs

The Event:

The morning session will focus on current and future challenges for open access policy in HEIs, looking at all issues likely to be in the UKRI review including data and financial implications.

The afternoon session will look closer at practitioner-focussed case studies, providing strategies to take back and implement in your setting.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in Higher Education Open Access, including but not limited to: VCs, Pro VCs, Directors of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Heads of Faculty and Department, Heads of Research Partnerships, Research Managers, REF Managers, Librarians, Institutional Repository Managers, Project Delivery Managers and any Private or Charitable Partners working on OA.

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Wednesday 19th September 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

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