OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.8 – August 2017)


Welcome to the eighth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The repository currently contains 2,316 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = ANDERSON, A.R. and LENT, M. [2017]. Enterprising the rural: creating a social value chain. Journal of Rural Studies, (accepted).
  • = BAXTER, G. 2014. Local heroes or village idiots? Press portrayal of opponents of two controversial coastal developments in North East Scotland. Presented at the Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association annual conference (MeCCSA 2014), 8-10 January 2014, Bournemouth, UK.

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 4,683 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (91 downloads)


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (152 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning in New Graduate Occupational Therapists: a Phenomenological Study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (58 downloads)
  • = ADAM, I.S. 2014. An Empirical Investigation of the Efficiency, Effectiveness and Economy of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s Management of Nigeria’s Upstream Petroleum Sector. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (52 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (29.08.2017).

RCUK / UKRI Industrial Fellowships for ECRs 2017

In response to the industrial strategy, Research Councils UK (RCUK) (UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)) has developed a fellowship programme to be supported through the National Productivity Investment Fund. Targeted at early career researchers (ECRs), RCUK / UKRI Industrial Innovation Fellowships will be a step change in the support provided by the research councils to the research leaders of the future, enabling some of the UK’s most talented researchers to undertake major new innovation oriented and intellectual endeavours.

For applicants within NERC’s science remit, NERC will be delivering these fellowships through Industrial Innovation Fellowships and Industrial Mobility Fellowships.  Industrial Mobility Fellowships are 6-12 month fellowships to enable ECRs to spend dedicated, continuous time within industry aligned with the objectives of the Industrial Strategy and the challenge areas recognised therein, or for researchers within industry aligned with industrial strategy to second to a research organisation for the lifetime of the fellowship.

RCUK (UKRI) 2017 Industrial Mobility Fellowships support the delivery of the industrial strategy by supporting early career researchers to explore interdisciplinary solutions as well as addressing focused sectoral needs to the economic benefit of the UK, both in the short term and long term. This scheme will ensure that the UK industrial sector has a supply of skilled researchers and will nurture future leaders in both industry and the research base.

This call opens on Je-S 12 September 2017 and closes on 19 September 2017. It is anticipated that all Industrial Mobility Fellowships will commence by 1 January 2018 at the latest.

Save the date – Data Fest Scotland 2018

19th -23rd March 2018 – Data Fest is back! DataFest will showcase Scotland’s leading role in data on the international stage, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you can interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts. The festival will continue to explore how #DataChangesEverything, and this year the programme will have a special focus on collaboration. To stay up to date with #DataFest18 news, visit and register your interest. You can also follow us on Twitter @DataFest_ and join the conversation using #DataChangesEverything.

Research Opportunity: Understanding Society Innovation Panel

The UK Data Service is pleased to announce the release of Wave 9 of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel (IP). To download the data simply register with the UK Data Service. The Innovation Panel is a longitudinal survey designed for researchers to use as a test-bed for innovative ways of collecting data and developing new areas of research. The latest data release, (IP9) uses a mixed-mode design, which includes both online and face-to-face interviews.

The Innovation Panel conducts multiple experiments and methodological tests each year which are submitted by researchers worldwide. The next call for proposals will be launched in November 2017.

The Innovation Panel team has published a new working paper which summarises the results of experiments and methodological tests: Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: Results from Methodological Experiments.

Breakdown of the experiments in wave 9

  • Reconciling Household Income and Spending (Mike Brewer, Jon Burton, Thomas F. Crossley, Paul Fisher, Alessandra Gaia, Annette Jӓckle, and Joachim Winter)
  • Improving Household Survey Measures of Income (Paul Fisher, Alessandra Gaia, Mike Brewer, Jon Burton, Thomas F. Crossley, Annette Jӓckle, and Joachim Winter)
  • Masking opposition to immigration: an experimental approach to understand the dynamics of social desirability bias (Mathew J. Creighton, and Amaney Jamal)
  • A comparison of self-reported sexual identity using direct and indirect questioning (Alessandra Gaia)
  • Separating systematic measurement error components using multi-trait multi-error (MTME) in longitudinal studies (Alexandru Cernat and Daniel Oberski)
  • IP9 experiment on visual presentation of satisfaction scales (Jonathan Burton)
  • What do the general population regard as “successful ageing”? (Elise Whitley, Michaela Benzeval and Frank Popham)
  • Targeted day of the week to send email invitation to the survey (Annamaria Bianchi)

Impact and usage examples


Training is also being offered for users of IP data.  The online course Introduction to the Innovation Panel using Stata consists of an introductory presentation about the Innovation Panel, followed by a series of examples. The focus of the course is on understanding which data are available and how to prepare them for analyses, rather than on analysis methods. The course is aimed at new users of the Innovation Panel, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data.