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Published on 12 November 2015

ROO Bulletin -147

1. RELEVANT TO:  Academics/ Researchers


ContentMine Workshop: mining for the life sciences

OpenCon Cambridge

New RCUK guidelines on research data sharing policy - feedback welcome

2. RELEVANT TO: Research students

ContentMine Workshop: mining for the life sciences

Research Data Management Workshop

OpenCon Cambridge

3. RELEVANT TO: Academics/ Researchers and Administrators

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4. RELEVANT TO: Administration/ Departmental Administrators only

RCUK Funding Assurance Programme (FAP) 2015 – Final update


RCUK Funding Assurance Programme (FAP) 2015 – Final update

This is a final reminder to Departments in advance of the RCUK FAP visit on Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th November 2015. We have been notified that a further 15 awards will be audited. Departments should ensure that expenditure on all awards (studentships, fellowships and research grants) complies with RCUK Terms and Conditions (see hereby Thursday 19 November. This includes ensuring:


  • All costs are eligible and are charged at the time they are incurred, including:
    • Staff costs: relate to staff working on the grant
    • Consumables: avoid cross-posting expenses from other awards
    • Travel: only for named staff on the grant (and complies with University T&S Policy)
    • Equipment: not purchased in the last 6 months of the award
    • No publication costs (from April 2013)
    • No redundancy costs
  • All student records on JeS have been updated
  • Check eligibility of inclusion of College Fees

A brief document offering guidance on Roles and Responsibilities within Departments can be found here 

The recent FAP Audit Presentation can be found here.

If you have any queries, please contact Sara (


RCUK Researchfish collection period 2016

RCUK has announced its collection period for 2016: 1st February to 10th March 2016. This time both PIs and research students are asked to submit their research outcomes via Researchfish.

Further information can be found here, more details will be made available in due time.


ContentMine Workshop: mining for the life sciences

Content mining technologies hold great potential for maximising scientific discovery and the reuse of research through automatically searching, indexing and analysing the scientific literature. This means systematic reviews and large scale literature reviews can be done in minutes rather than months. This workshop aims to educate and engage researchers who are interested in using mining technologies in the biomedical and life sciences. You will receive training in retrieving full-text articles and automatically extracting useful facts before having the opportunity to apply these skills to discovering genomic datasets in a hackathon hosted by EMBL-EBI and DNA Digest.

Register here.

Date Time Venue
Wednesday, 10 December 2015  9.30 - 16.30

The Hauser Forum, Seminar Room 1,

 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0GT



Research Data Management Workshop

There are several places left on our introductory workshop to research data management. The workshop will cover the following aspects of research data management:

  • Data storage and backup;
  • Data organisation;
  • Strategies for file exchange with collaborators;
  • Sharing research data;
  • How to create data management plans.

The workshop is open to everyone, but registration is necessary (number of places is limited). Register here.

Date Time Venue

Friday, December 4, 2015

9:30 to 11:30

Cambridge Institute of Public Health

Forvie Site, CB2 0SR Robinson Way


OpenCon Cambridge

OpenCon is the conference for students and professionals on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Following the main event in Brussels, Belgium we are organising a dedicated Satellite event in Cambridge. OpenCon Cambridge will provide a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of Cambridge based initiatives advancing the OpenCon's three focus areas: Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

The event is free but places are limited - please register in advance to secure your place!

Date Time Venue
Thursday, 26 November 2015 13.30 - 17.00

Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Wilberforce Rd, 

Cambridge CB3 0WD



New RCUK guidelines on research data sharing policy - feedback welcome

The Research Councils UK have published new guidelines on research data sharing policy.

Since the document was not consulted with the community, the University of Cambridge would like to comment on these guidelines. If you would like to contribute to the Cambridge response on these guidelines, please send us your comments by Friday 27 November 2015 by emailing


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