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Published on 5 January 2017

Researchfish Workshop - Tuesday 10th January

Researchfish are running a series of workshops across the UK to demonstrate the new User Interface and functionality for researchers and research office staff. Representatives from Researchfish will be in Cambridge on Tuesday 10th January at Mill Lane Lecture Theatre, Room 1 to present the updated system.

1pm - 2:30pm


For Researchers - Introduction to Researchfish, Demonstration of the New PI Portfolio, Questions and Answers 

2:30pm - 3:30pm

For Administrators - New Reporting Suite, Questions and Answers


There is no need to register, just turn up on the day.

Note that Researchfish are currently upgrading the user interface and their new system will be available from 9am on Monday 9th January.


Linking Publications to Grants in Research Symplectic

In preparation for the forthcoming funders’ collection period between 6 February and 16 March 2017, the University of Cambridge is taking part in a pilot project to help its researchers (including students) by providing an automatic upload facility from Symplectic Elements to Researchfish.

Researchers who hold awards from RCUK, BHF, CRUK, NC3Rs and NIHR are encouraged to link their publications to their grants within Symplectic Elements by Monday 16 January 2017.

This is an additional upload opportunity (following the November upload window) ahead of the Researchfish collection period.

For help on how to link publications and grants on Symplectic Elements, refer to

Workshop for PIs and Students - how to submit your Researchfish return

The Research Office will be offering guidance to PIs and students who are required to submit a return to Researchfish for the next submission period 6 February 2017 to 16 March 2017 at 4pm. Funders included in this window are RCUK, BHF, CRUK, NIHR, NC3Rs.

For PIs - a return is mandatory if you have been in receipt of RCUK funding within the past 5 years.

For students - a return is mandatory for all students who have been in receipt of RCUK funding who

  • Are in their 3rd year or later of their studies
  • Were included in the 2016 submission period
  • Whose studentship end date is before 5 February 2017


Thursday 26th January 2017 11am - 11:30am

Clifford Allbutt Theatre, Clinical School  

 For PIs register here
Thursday 26th January 2017 11:30am - 12noon Clifford Allbutt Theatre, Clinical School

For Students register here


Tuesday 31st January 2017 11am - 11:30am

Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, Room 1

 For PIs register here
Tuesday 31st January 2017 11:30am - 12noon Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, Room 1

For Students register here


Wednesday 1st February 2017 2.30pm - 3:00pm

LT 2, Computer Laboratory, 15 J J Thomson Ave, West Cambridge

 For PIs register here
Wednesday 1st February 2017 3:00 pm - 3:30pm LT2, Computer Laboratory, 15 J J Thomson Ave, West Cambridge

For Students register here

X5 Unavailable on Thursday 12th January 7:00am – 9:00am

On Thursday 12th January, X5 will be upgraded to Milestone 4, Update 7. This work will start at 7:00am on Thursday and should be completed by 9:00am. During this time the system will be unavailable.  A summary list of fixes can be found on the ROO website. If you need any  more information, please contact

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Engagement Workshops

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising a series of half day workshops across the UK for innovators and researchers to engage with Innovate UK and the Research Councils to define a first round of challenges to be addressed by The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Workshops will be:

16 Jan – Southampton, 17 Jan – Glasgow, 18 Jan – London, 20 Jan – Leeds, 24 Jan – Liverpool, 25 Jan – Cardiff, 26 Jan – Belfast & Birmingham

You can register your interest to attend one of the ISCF workshops here  by Tuesday 10th January. Please note this is registration of interest only as places are limited.

Research Software Management, Sharing and Sustainability Workshop - Monday 16th January

• Do you manage and share software for research?

• Are you encountering problems when managing research code?

• Is current best practice working for you and your group?

• Would you like to discuss solutions for critical issues and common problems with other researchers and research software experts?

Jisc, in collaboration with SSI, University of Cambridge Office of Scholarly Communication, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC are inviting all researchers, PIs, graduate students, librarians and admin staff interested and passionate about developing or using research software to join a workshop on this subject.

Monday 16th January

10:30 – 17:00

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Glass Room

To book a place please go to

To find more information, including the programme,

Research Grants User Group Meeting - Friday 10th February

The next Research Grants User Group Meeting will be held on Friday 10th February 2017 at 10am in the Norwich Room, Roger Needham Building, West Cambridge. Minutes and presentations from the previous meeting are available on the ROO website.