Newsletter: Innovation community and opportunities to submit your ideas

by | May 10, 2019 | Event, Innovation community, Newsletter, Projects, RITSCMB | 0 comments

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Research Lifecycle Programme team. Our 2019/20 business case is truly underway and we have had a number of engagement events over the last few weeks, including our recent Lunch with RLP on innovation communities. If you missed the event, you can read more about it below or download the recording. We also invite you to share your ideas for IT support for research.


Business case progress

The business case for next year will soon be going through governance before submission for approval. The case covers the continuation of current activities and the starting of new change projects in 2019/2020. We will bring you more news about our progress and details of our plans for the future soon.  


Lunch with the RLP – Innovation Community (Project Q)

On Thursday 9 May, we held our second ‘Lunch with the Research Lifecycle’ open event. This event focused mainly on the ‘Design and build a Research IT Innovation Community’ (Project Q).

Our Innovation Lead, Emma Finch opened the event providing an interesting talk about the work she has initially undertaken towards creating an innovation community. Emma was followed by additional speakers. Scott Taylor, Research Services Manager at the Library, spoke about how tools such as SciVal and Altmetric can be used by staff at the University to find collaboration opportunities across disciples at the University and worldwide. Dave Hodgetts, from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, spoke about Virtual Reality Geological Studio (VRGS), and how virtual reality can collapse features to a size reasonable to be analysed for research purposes.

To find out more about the event, visit our article or watch the recording of the presentations:

We plan to hold similar lunch events in the future. All opportunities to get involved will be advertised in the newsletters and on the RLP website.


Submit your ideas for IT support for Research

The Research IT Strategy and Change Management Board (RITSCMB) would like to invite ideas for proposals to support new systems and hardware, provided by IT Services and Research IT, to support research in the next academic years.

The focus of this call for ideas is on infrastructure and applications to help support research, rather than teaching or administration. The RITSCMB will strategically assess the prioritised ideas to see which ones can be developed into business cases or aligned with Research Lifecycle, there is no value limit on proposals, but funds are limited.

To submit an idea, simply visit the link below. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until 12 July 2019, when this call for ideas will close.

If you have any queries or comments about this initiative, please contact



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