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Published on 26 January 2018

X5 Downtime – 1st February 2018

Please be advised that X5 will be unavailable on Thursday 1st February between 7am and 9am to allow for the updating of the new fEC and MRF / SRF rates for 2018. A further bulletin will be issued on 1st February confirming the rates and advising users how to update their costings.  

Research Grant User Group Meeting – 6th February

The next Research Grants User Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th February. Agenda and minutes from the previous meeting are available on the ROO website.

Tuesday 6th February

10am to 11:30am

Institute of Public Health

The Research Grants User Group (RGUG) is led by the Research Operations Office and is a forum where research grant administration issues and developments are discussed. This is an open meeting for Departments, Schools and Administrative Staff, if you have any queries, please contact

X5 Training

The training covers setting up an X5 using the Project Wizard as well as using the correct methodology for capturing costs.  

Monday 19th March

9:00am to 12:30pm

17 Mill Lane

Thursday 19th April

9:00am to 12:30pm

17 Mill Lane

To book a place please contact at the Research Operations Office.

Software Licensing Workshop - 8th March

The Research Data Management Facility and Neil Chue Hong from the Software Sustainability Institute are running a software licensing workshop on the 8th March. This event will explore why researchers should licence their software clearly and how to do so. A range of different licences will be explained as well as tools that can help you decide.

   Thursday 8th March

  1pm – 2pm

 Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Research Institute,

Seminar Room 001, Robinson Way

You can book your place here:

Electronic Lab Notebook – New Guidance Pages

In 2017, a trial of different Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) providers ran across the University to investigate the possibility of deployment (or recommendation) of a product for use at Campus, School or Departmental level. However, the results of this trial confirmed that in Cambridge, even within a single department, the diversity of research interests, workflows and individual preferences makes it practically impossible to identify a single product that would suit everyone.

As a result of the trial, a guidance page on the different ELN providers and what to think about when picking one has been created along with a discussion forum for users or prospective users to get advice.