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Open Access Week

We are holding a competition to find the best examples of where open access has benefited your research, if open access has made a difference to your work or research then we’d love to hear from you!  All that’s required is a few minutes of your time, a short paragraph will suffice… though please don’t be limited by this!

The best judged entry will rewarded with a lovely bottle of champagne… and will featured on the staff intranet research page!  All entries will also go into a draw for a further bottle of champagne!  If champagne is not to your liking, then a £20 amazon voucher will be awarded instead!

Get your entry in by 5pm today!


Do you want to make sure that your data counts?  Come along to a seminar on Research Data ManagementMaking your data count – maximising impact – 11 am to 12 pm 24th of October at the Hub, Cottesbrooke, Park Campus.  Note – this presentation uses images from the genocide memorial in Kigali, Rwanda that may be upsetting).


Professor Stephen Hawking has granted the University of Cambridge permission to make his thesis freely available Prof. Hawking’s ‘Properties of expanding universes’, published in 1966, is now available freely and openly to anyone in the world. Download Prof. Hawking’s thesis here: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.11283

Negotiating embargoes on research degree theses

This post covers information for staff who are negotiating contracts or submitting bids which will involve recruiting a research degree student.

Once passed, electronic versions of all research degree theses (Doctorates and MPhils) are uploaded to the university’s research repository, NECTAR. Normal practice is that these are made freely available (open access). Sometimes, however, the research degree graduate requests that their thesis is not made freely available until after a set period of time, normally 12 months. Usually this will be due to commercial sensitive work or plans to publish work contained within the thesis. Research Degrees Committee, on behalf of the university, is sympathetic to these requests and frequently grants embargoes of a reasonable length when requested. You’ll find information about this in the ‘Procedure for thesis submission’.

If you are negotiating contracts or submitting bids which will involve recruiting a research degree student and the external organisation requests that an embargo on the thesis is included in the contract or bid, it is important that you gain approval for that embargo from Research Degrees Committee before the grant or contract is signed off. If you are considering such a clause in a bid or contract, you should discuss this with David Watson or Ian Livingstone in the Graduate School. They will be able to advise further.