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RCUK seeks members for its new Open Access Practitioners Group


Research Councils UK (RCUK) is seeking members for its new Open Access Practitioners Group to share best practice, discuss issues and provide sector insight to improve the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access .

We would welcome expressions of interest from representatives of the higher education sector from a diverse range of backgrounds who are already familiar with open access policy, including those who are closely involved in the practicalities of implementing the policy within their organisations. This includes colleagues working in libraries and Research Offices from different types of institutions to ensure we have range of different perspectives represented on the group. This may also extend to other funders, learned societies and publishers. The RCUK Practitioner Group will also link to the proposed Universities UK Open Access Working Groups to ensure join up and complementarity in working.

The group is being established in response to a recommendation in Professor Sir Bob Burgess’ independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access, published in March 2015 after the first year of the policy’s introduction.

Activities identified for the group include advising RCUK on how implementation of the policy may be improved, such the further development of processes, mechanisms and standards for collecting compliance monitoring data, as well as communication of the policy to ensure clarity. It is expected that the full Practitioner Group will meet at least quarterly.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 17th June.  

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Further information

Katie Clark
Tel: 01793 444387 or email: Katie Clark

Notes to editors

  1. Those interested in being part of the group should send an expression of interest, setting out why they should be considered for membership of the group, to Alexandra Saxon, Associate Director Policy and Analysis, Research Councils UK (

  2. The Terms of Reference for the group will be made available in due course.

  3. Any questions about the group and how members will be involved can also be directed Alexandra Saxon.

  4. All documents relating to the RCUK open access policy and review, as well as guidance and FAQs are available at:

  5. RCUK has recently launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research. One key objective is to increase the diversity of Council and group membership across the seven Research Councils, so we would welcome applications to the Open Access Practitioners Group from a range of diverse backgrounds. The Action Plan is available at:

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