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Research Data Management Policy

Wooden LettersThe first principle of the RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy states:

Publicly funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest, which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsible manner that does not harm intellectual property.

This general framework is subscribed to by all the Research Councils, and is broadly representative of the policies of many public and charitable funders of research.

Research staff and students have a responsibility to take care of the assets they generate while working and studying at the University, and to manage them in such a way that the requirements of any funding bodies are met.

The University's Research Data Management Policy (PDF) sets out the requirements that research staff and students must observe in the management, preservation and sharing of research data. Underpinning Research Data Management Policy Guidance (PDF) provides more detail on the resources and services provided by the University, and explains how researchers can comply with the policy.

All research at the University, however it may be funded, is undertaken as part of our mission to promote wider social and economic benefit. We believe that the sharing of data supports open scholarly enquiry, promotes transparency in research, and allows for the greatest possible benefit to be realised from the resources invested in research.

Research data, by being well managed, can generate benefits for both the University and its researchers in terms of greater research impact, enhanced reputation, and increased return on investment.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Expectations

The EPSRC Policy Framework on Research Data places a responsibility on both researchers and research organisations for the management, preservation and sharing of research data. The policy sets out nine expectations, with which universities in receipt of EPSRC funding are required to be fully compliant by 1 May 2015.

The expectations affect all EPSRC-funded research staff and students.

As a researcher funded by EPSRC, if you collect or generate research data in the course of your research, and these data directly support published research findings, you are required to:

  • Store the data (digital and non-digital) in an accessible location for a minimum of 10 years;
  • Publish an online metadata record describing the data, and register the data with the University within 12 months of the data being generated;
  • Include a statement in research publications indicating where the data are and how they can be accessed.

Researchers can use the University's Research Data Archive to meet the EPSRC requirements.

Further information about how you can comply with these expectations is provided in the leaflet Essential information for EPSRC researchers (PDF).

Details of University progress towards meeting these expectations can be found in the latest EPSRC Update (PDF). 


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