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Teesside launches digital research archive

13 October 2010


Teesside University has launched TeesRep, its online digital archive of published research and theses.

'The institutional repository holds journal articles, books, PhD theses and multimedia work going back to 2000. It increases the visibility and impact of the University’s research activities.' said Professor Cliff Hardcastle, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Liz Jolly, Director of the University’s Library and Information Services - responsible for managing the archive - said: 'TeesRep is a valuable source of information for academics, and disseminates the University’s research outputs to the public at large.'

TeesRep can be accessed from

The digital archive was officially launched by Alma Swan, a well-known consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. Alma talked about the benefits of repositories for showcasing research work through open access.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Henderson, welcomed the new development, saying: 'It plays a significant role in emphasising the importance of the research being undertaken by our staff and makes the findings of our publicly funded research available to the wider community.'

Alma said: 'Open access online repositories promote research which is good for the researcher and the University. It gives maximum web impact for the institution which is important for potential students as well as researchers and potential staff.

'New research collaborations grow from this including with business and enterprise so there is important return on investment for a university.'

Alma Swan is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd and holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton's School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick's Business School. She is Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community. Her work covers market research and business modelling, project management and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviours, and the study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age of the web. She writes and makes frequent presentations on scholarly communication issues.