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International Open Access week

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During International Open Access week I thought it might be timely to revisit Open Access publication and remind everyone about what it is and why it’s important.

Open Access publication increases the impact of your research, gives you a wider audience, and can be read wherever anyone has an internet connection regardless of whether the reader has access to journal subscriptions or money to pay for articles.

HEFCE has mandated that to be eligible for inclusion in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), all journal articles and papers within conference proceedings published with an ISSN since April 1 2016 should be Open Access and deposited in an institutional or subject repository.

Research outputs can be published Open Access in two main ways, the Green route and the Gold route. The Green route involves depositing a version of a research output into a subject or institutional repository. Manchester Met has a publications repository called e-space. The version you can deposit varies from publisher to publisher but is typically the ‘author accepted manuscript’. This version has been peer-reviewed and contains final corrections, but has none of the formatting (volume and issue, page numbers, logos etc) of the final published version.

The Gold route usually involves payment of a fee to publish, the ‘article processing charge’ or APC. Manchester Met currently provides funding to cover this charge, subject to support from Faculty Heads of RKE. Applications to the fund can be made via the online form on the Library’s Open Access guide:

If you do not wish, or are unable, to pay for gold Open Access you should go via the green route, or publish in a quality Open Access journal that doesn’t charge an APC.

Both routes at Manchester Met involve depositing your output into the University’s research management system, Symplectic Elements. From there it will be pushed through to e-space where it will be reviewed by Library Staff to ensure that the data is correct and that the version of the output can be put into a repository.

If you have any questions about Symplectic, please contact the RKE Systems team

If your question is about e-space, particularly about the version of your output, please contact

Mary Pickstone
Research Support Librarian


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H2020: Work Programme Update and UKRO Visit

deadlineAs the Government starts to set out its vision for our relationship with the EU research community in a post-Brexit world, we turn our attention to the shorter-term and the next phase of Horizon 2020.

We are anticipating that the first work programme for Horizon 2020’s last phase (2018-2020) will be launched formally in late October 2017. This is slightly later than previous years as the process has had to feed in the outcomes of mid-term evaluation of the programme along with the report published by the independent Lamy Group (Ed – to give it it’s full title ‘High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes’).

Save the date – UK Research Office Visit – 31 October 2017

To coincide with the launch of the new work programme, we will be welcoming our European Adviser Ian Devine to Manchester Met to provide an update on Horizon 2020 and what the future and FP9 might hold.

Ian will be in the region between 31 October and 2 November visiting ourselves and the Universities of Manchester and Salford, and will be based here on 31 October (Ed – there will be similar sessions on 1 and 2 November at UoS and UoM and we’re working together to give academics across the three institutions access to the most convenient session for them).

Further details will follow, so if you’re interested please hold the date in your diary and keep your eye on the Blog for further announcements .

(If you’d like to register your interest then do drop us a line at with ‘UKRO 2017’ in the subject and we’ll make sure you get a place)

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Horizon 2020: Information Days


With the new Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 just round the corner, our colleagues at UKRO have very kindly compiled a list of upcoming events which may be of interest for those of you thinking of applying.

The following are official information days, which are free and a good way not only to hear more about the programme, but also to network with potential partners.

Dates confirmed so far are as follow:

We also understand that there is likely to be an information day for the Health Societal Challenge early in December (date to be confirmed).

In addition to these events, Innovate UK and the Enterprise Europe Network are also hosting a number of national events. Planned and confirmed events can be found on the Innovate Knowledge Transfer Network’s website.

As ever if you are thinking about applying for opportunities through Horizon 2020 or would like to know more, please do get in touch (

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Marketing Manager Meets

mmmMarketing Manager Meets is a safe space for marketers. Put simply, it’s where senior, in-house marketers from around the North West get together for an afternoon of drinks and networking. It’s a great chance to meet peers from across the region and discuss the hot topics and issues we’re facing as marketers. Not only that, but it’s completely free!

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017
Times: 16.00 – 18.00pm
Venue: The Refinery

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Grappling with Gratuities

A business’s approach to gratuity contributions for their staff is fast becoming a way to set operators apart as an employer. But with many struggling with the lack of definitive legal guidance surrounding the issue, it is creating an uneven and confusing playing field. Join pro-manchester and their newly formed hospitality sector taskforce as they come together to address the hot topic of gratuities with a power panel made up of some of the city’s industry leaders and big movers in hospitality.

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Times: 17.30 – 19.00pm
Venue: Kuits Solicitors

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Football Finance Review

Please join us for the next Sports Industry Group event, where we will be discussing the newly released Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance.

The Review – born in Manchester and now in its 26th year – has become an established fixture in the football business calendar.

Timothy Bridge from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte will provide unique insights about football’s financial results here in the North West

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Times: 8.00 – 9.30am
Venue: Deloitte

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Join creative pro-manchester on 30th June 12:00 – 17:00, for this year’s #BeeAuthentic conference which will examine the importance of authenticity in business. This year’s conference will focus on helping businesses understand the vital elements required for authentic communication, in order to stay competitive in today’s modern market.
Date: Friday 30th June 2017
Times: 12:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Studio

Find out more and book your place.