REF Open Access Planning Workshop – 5th August


Yesterday the LOCH Project held a workshop at Edinburgh College of Art, looking specifically at issues to do with planning for the implementation of the Open Access requirements in the next REF.  This event was attended by 33 delegates from 19 universities in England, Scotland and Wales, one publisher, one systems supplier and Jisc.

Key themes under discussion at the event included:

  • The importance of planning thoroughly and getting senior-level buy-in for your plans,
  • Thinking about creating simple workflows (though this is difficult in a complex environment),
  • Providing simple, clear guidance to authors,
  • Continually reviewing plans and changing them if necessary,
  • The importance of being realistic about how your institution works,
  • Understanding cultural change and how best to make this happen in your institution.

A run-down of the event and tweets are available via Storify at, and slides and notes can be found below:

Session Speaker/Leader Slides/Notes
Introduction to Jisc Open Access Good Practice Programme and Jisc Services Sarah Fahmy – Jisc
Heriot-Watt Update Linda Kerr – Heriot-Watt University
St Andrews Case Study Jackie Proven – St Andrews University
University of Edinburgh overall approach Dominic Tate – University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Case Study Anna Krzak – University of Edinburgh
Introduction to the CIAO Tool & Oxford Brookes Case Study Rowena Rouse – Oxford Brookes University
PLANNING WORKSHOP (IN GROUPS) Dominic Tate – University of Edinburgh





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