Salford Staff Channel : News


All set for Open Access mandate on 1 January

Dec 18, 2009

The final University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) awareness event before the University makes research deposits compulsory took place on Wednesday this week.

Approximately 100 people, from academics to support colleagues, attended the event in Maxwell Upper Hall. It featured a welcome and introduction from Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall, presentation from Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Ghassan Aouad, and talks from Dr Alma Swan of Key Perspectives Limited and Julie Berry, Associate Director of Learning and Library Services.

There was a lively Q&A session with academics after the presentations. One attendee, Dr Tracey Williamson from the Faculty of Health and Social Care, said she had always been keen on the concept of depositing research for all to access but was now a full convert to the idea.

Tracey said: "After hearing all the positives of depositing to the repository, I asked Alma to talk about the downsides of depositing. She answered that there were none!

"I'm looking forward to the mandate coming into play, because I think that depositing will encourage more interdisciplinary working whilst raising the profile of the individual and the University as a whole in the wider research community."

From 1 January 2010, it will be compulsory for all research active colleagues to deposit their work to USIR.

If you were unable to attend the event and wish to read more, the presentations can be found online at

Alternatively, please speak to one of the USIR team in Library and Learning Services on 56229 or The team are happy to assist any colleagues experiencing difficulties depositing to USIR and will also give one-to-one or group training sessions.