OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.14 – February 2018)


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

REF Open Access Compliance

The REF (“Research Excellence Framework”) is a national assessment of university research capabilities, which has a direct impact on the amount of funding we receive. The next REF exercise will be happening in 2021, looking at research produced between 2014 and 2020. As all of our research staff should know, REF2021 has explicit requirements for certain types of research output to be made open access within three months of being accepted for publication – further details of these requirements can be found on our researcher guides.

In the publications team’s latest compliance check (using data extracted on 2018-02-06), RGU as a whole is currently 82% compliant. It is very important that researchers ensure all their outputs are compliantly deposited in OpenAIR by contacting the publications team as soon as possible after acceptance for publication.


The repository currently contains 2,625 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

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 12,881 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = PRICE, J.F.R. 2016. The discourse of cultural leadership. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (334 downloads)
  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first-year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (193 downloads)
  • = IRVING, I. 2013. Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (187 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (27.02.2018).

DATAFEST18 – FIT for Healthy Living – How Artificial Intelligence can help you

Future Intelligent Technology (or FIT) for healthy living goes way beyond FitBits and exercise regimes! FIT can help you to live independently and to manage illnesses and chronic conditions. FIT enables you to take control of your own health and wellness

Presentations from RGU researchers including Prof Susan Craw, Prof Nirmalie Wiratunga and Dr Stewart Massie.

Inverness March 20th