DARTS7 has been cancelled due to COVID-19; unfortunately we will be unable to bring you the programme below this year.  Please watch this space for details of future conferences. 






Keynote: tbc



Collaboration Across Campuses, Katherine Stephan and Judith Carr, LJMU & University of Liverpool

Our talk will focus on the collaboration between the research support teams at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. We will discuss how they came about, past successes and challenges, future ideas and scope for learning and opportunities. We hope to give those in attendance ideas about collaboration that fit within the realm of what is possible at their own institution-big or small-with practical ideas and a hands-on mapping session to think about putting concepts into reality.




Principles of Research Assessment and Management, Katie Evans, University of Bath

The use of metrics in research assessment is a live, challenging and sometimes emotive topic. University of Bath was one of the first universities in the UK to publish Principles of Research Assessment and Management to ensure that our approach is responsible. Katie and Katy McKen (Head of Research Information and Impact) co-led the development of University of Bath’s principles , winning the 2017 Association of Research Managers and Administrators award for collaboration in research administration, and continue to collaborate on putting these principles into practice.


Pecha Kucha Sessions

Time to hear from some of our delegates about collaboration.


Day One Wrap-Up



Drinks Reception (sponsored by SAGE Publishing)

Conference Dinner


Breakfast and check-out of rooms ahead of Day Two


Systematic Searching Toolkit, Elaine Andrew, University of Sunderland

My workshop will focus on the development of the University of Sunderland’s online Systematic Searching toolkit. This resource will provide guidance and support for staff, researchers, and students conducting a systematic search for literature. I will outline the background and scope of the project undertaken to develop this resource, including how collaboration with key members of academic staff has been integral to the development of the resource. There will be an opportunity for delegates to explore the toolkit during the workshop so please do bring your own device.


Alt-Metrics and Research Impact, Charley Vaughton, UWE Bristol

This session will look at the awareness of altmetrics by UWE Bristol researchers, and the barriers identified that prevent them from making greater use of altmetric data. We will have time to discuss how (and if) these barriers can be overcome, and what resources we can develop to support researchers with altmetrics.




Informal vs Formal? How does an informal network of relevant parties deliver effective research support? Jenny Coombs, De Montfort University 

The need for research support in UK universities is growing at a fast pace and a number of different professional and academic units within universities are involved in the process. This can prove challenging for university libraries in ensuring that a coordinated approach to research support is provided.

This presentation will report on the benefit of utilising a cross-university Community of Practice (CoP) approach to delivering research support services.   Members of the CoP were interviewed to ascertain their personal experiences of using this approach and what they considered to be important for successful implementation of this approach.

The presentation will discuss the key findings for successful implementation arising from the interviews and the ‘added value’ for staff involved in the CoP. The challenges with this more informal approach to delivery will also be discussed. The findings could help libraries in similar positions to use collaborative initiatives to develop research support services.


The Libary’s role in supporting REF2021: Collaboration and Partnership, Kirstyn Radford, University of Hull

A Current Research Information System (CRIS) is integral to the success of every mainstream university’s research strategy,  enabling directors and executive officers to model REF submissions and evaluate the outcomes of funded and unfunded projects.  Librarians, with records management skills and a culture of advocacy and engagement, are often well placed in their organization to ‘own’ the system configuration and the user’s experience. 

At the University of Hull,  with a comparatively small proportion of the institutional staffing budget devoted to research support, working relationships between individuals in the REF Office, Library, IT, Research Funding and Marketing teams underpin operational outcomes.  We all have stories to tell about successful (and unsuccessful) initiatives, comms plans and outputs, and I’ll reflect on some of our experiences in this session.


Buffet Lunch


Collaborating to get the RDM Message across, Clair M. Castle, University of Cambridge

I am a subject librarian at the University of Cambridge, embedded in the Department of Chemistry.  My talk will focus on how I have been collaborating with various RDM stakeholders at the University to help get centralised messages about good RDM practice, and new developments in open research, across to students and researchers in my discipline. Stakeholders include the Office of Scholarly Communication, the Data Champions Programme, and the RDM Project Group. Such collaboration has its challenges, but also its rewards; especially in being able to upskill myself and others in RDM, and create exciting new career opportunities in this area. 




Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries, Andrew M. Cox, University of Sheffield

As a profession we have a strong interest in shaping the future: but we recognise how complex a task that is. Reflecting on the outcomes of the Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries report, the presentation explores some of the expectations, assumptions and paradoxes in how we see the future. It goes on to examine several paradigms imagining different sorts of future and asks what are the types of knowledge and attitudes we will need to lead positive change.


Conference Close

For details of presentations given at previous DARTS, check out our archive.

The Great Hall, Dartington

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