The University's Research Portal showcases our research and related activities. Details of our academic expertise, from across our Schools, research groups and centres, can be found on the Portal.
If you are interested in working with us or studying at the University, you can search the Portal for named researchers, centres or groups, or use keywords to find the expertise which is most relevant to you.
If you are a member of staff or a student at the University, please find below our guidance notes and privacy notice related to the Research Portal.
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Pure is the University's Research Information System, and addresses two main aims:
Pure gives us:
Pure is managed by Research & Enterprise Office, and the outputs repository is managed by Student and Library Services.
All members of academic and research staff, research students and professional doctorate students, can set up a profile within Pure.
Pure is a web-based system and can be accessed from any location.
Pure allows users to create and maintain an online profile, manage output records including to comply with Open Access requirements, and promote projects and other activities.
A guiding principle of Pure is that users control their own data, and have the ability to directly maintain profile and other information within Pure.
The main benefits of Pure are:
The University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), and will use Pure to inform research assessment in accordance with the principles of DORA. Further information is available here.
All Pure users are responsible for checking, amending and updating their information, including data which will be made publicly visible on the Research Portal.
When adding information to Pure, please take care to select the correct level of visibility (please see the section below on 'Who has access to the data within Pure?').
Many items of data added to Pure have the potential to be sensitive in some way; please ensure that you take care when adding data.
All Pure users must comply with the IT Acceptable Use Policy.
The following are imported from other University systems into Pure:
Members of staff and students with access to Pure are able to create, develop and maintain the following information:
Some of the information within Pure is only visible on the admin site. Only information in the following categories is currently visible on the Research Portal:
The visibility of the records can be controlled on the admin site using the following options:
'Public - no restriction' is set as the default access level for all Staff Profiles, outputs and project records. The visibility of outputs must be maintained to ensure compliance with Open Access requirements, including for REF.
Staff in Research & Enterprise Office and Student & Library Services access Pure to maintain content and generate reports.
Student and Library Services checks and validates outputs before they are published on the Research Portal.
Some staff in Schools also have access to Pure, for example to support research impact work or to access CVs for programme approval and review.
If you are a doctoral or research degree student and are on campus, you will need to log into your PC with your student number and password, rather than your staff ID if you have one.
If you log on whilst off-campus, please log in using your student number and password
By default, the records of all PhD, Professional Doctorate and MPhil students are not visible on the public Research Portal. This is to allow you, as a student, to choose whether to make your profile visible.
If you are a student and would like to make your profile visible on the Portal, log into Pure and follow the link from your Personal page to edit your profile. This will open a new window.
You can change the visibility of your profile at the bottom of this page, under Visibility. Change to 'Public - No Restriction' and click the save button to make your profile visible on the Portal.
If you make your profile visible on Pure and subsequently request 'No Publicity' within the University's student records system, you will need to change the visibility of your Pure profile separately by selecting 'Backend - restricted to Pure users' under the Visibility section.
Your profile will not be hidden automatically when you select 'No Publicity' if you have previously made your profile publicly available.
Data can be added to Pure by selecting the green Add Content button, which will open a new window, and selecting the relevant content type.
Please select the content type you wish to create, and work through the fields in the template provided (e.g. for a journal article).
Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk, but please add as much information as possible.
Adding other Pure users to a record (using the 'Add person' option) will allow them to view and edit the record, which will also become part of their profile.
Select the 'edit profile' button to make changes to your profile in the admin site (these changes will then be visible on the public Research Portal).
Photographs can be added, along with links to other websites (including LinkedIn, Twitter, Research Gate, Facebook and other sites).
If you add a link to your LinkedIn profile, for example, the relevant icon will display underneath your photograph on your profile page on the Research Portal.
Select 'Add profile information' under Curriculum and Research Description to add details of your academic biography, research interests, etc.
Your HR data and details of the PhD and MPhil students who you supervise will be shown on your profile page on the admin site, but only limited information is displayed publicly on the Portal.
For members of staff, your email address is added automatically to your profile on the Research Portal.
If you would like to add a telephone number, select 'edit profile' from your Personal page and scroll down to the Organisational Affiliations section.
Click 'edit' next to your current staff affiliation, and a new window will open; you can add your telephone number to the electronic addresses section.
ORCID is an identifier which helps you to link your activities such as publishing and applying for project funding, and brings together your information regardless of factors such as name changes and spelling variations.
You can either link your existing ORCID to Pure, or create an ORCID in Pure. Your outputs will then export from Pure to your ORCID record, so that you only have to enter new outputs once in Pure.
To link or create your ORCID:
A link to your Portal profile will show on your ORCID page, and a link to your ORCID page will be added to your Portal profile. Pure updates ORCID on a nightly basis with research outputs with the status 'e-pub ahead of print' or 'published', and which have been validated.
Please see Student and Library Services' LibGuide to depositing your outputs.
You can create a Project record from scratch or by using the details of a funding award (these are imported from the University's Finance system).
To create a Project record based on a funding award, go the Award Management tab at the top of the screen.
This will bring up a list of your awards. Select the award you want to use to create a Project record and click the small pencil icon in the left-hand corner to allow you to edit the record.
Scroll down to 'related project' and click 'save and create project'. This will open a new window allowing you to choose which content to carry over from the award to the project record.
Click 'create' to open a new window for the Project, which you can populate with an abstract, team members, partner organisations and other details.
Please remember to hit the 'save' button at the bottom of the window before closing it.
A Project Board was established to oversee the implementation of Pure, and agreed the following principles for Project records:
When adding a Project to Pure:
Records can be linked to show the connection, or relations, between them. This helps to illustrate the links between, for example, projects and outputs or media coverage.
Creating relations is one of the main ways to create a rich dataset and reflect a body of work within Pure.
Relations can be created towards the end of each record. All related content will be show on the same page on the Research Portal (for example, linked research outputs will be listed on a Project page, and vice versa).
All users can create a CV in Pure, selecting from either:
In both cases, you can select which information to include as part of your CV, choosing from your populated sections of Pure.
To create a CV, click to Add Content from your Personal page. This will open a new window. Select the Curriculum Vitae option and choose which type of CV you would like to create.
Select which categories you would like to include and click on each header to control the content. For example, you can choose which types of output to include, or set a date range for the content.
New content such as outputs will be automatically included in your CV, unless you choose to make a content type static using the 'Dynamic / static list' option within each content type.
Your CV can be edited on the screen and exported as Word document or a PDF.
You can customise Pure by selecting 'edit profile' and 'Portal profile'. This gives the option to:
You can also select 'Highlighted content' to pin content to the top of your list of outputs, projects, press and media records, and student theses. By default, the most recent content appears at the top of the list, so highlighting content will allow you to showcase your most significant work or activities.