The recommendations are as follows:
- Research priorities should be set for at least three years, but with
- Technical and research expertise within OUCS should be collated and
gaps highlighted, with training for staff and targeted recruitment of new
staff for specific projects – into a skills profile.
- A database of research bids with ongoing, successful and
unsuccessful bids, with their accompanying documentation should be
available. This must also include ongoing development projects currently
underway in OUCS that may not have external funding attached to them.
- Any proposed new project will be assessed against the key themes and
activities noted above.
- All projects should follow the Project Lifecycle outlined by the
Project Support Team, but must also adhere to the requirements set out by
external bodies as appropriate.
- The collection of user feedback should be a high priority as this
will drive the future direction of the research strategy.
- A list of consultants should be developed with specific skills needs
developing, and external contacts for knowledge transfer and industrial
partners. This consultant list should also be open to ITSS who may have
specific skills, be looking for secondments, or be willing to sit on project
- The links between, and overlaps across, the research service
provision by the entire University need to be detailed.
- The sustainability of projects, provision, support and movement into
services is a key concern. This has partly been addressed by the new Project
lifecycle now available which forces new projects to consider exit
strategies. OSS Watch provides a service for Open Source development in
these issues, particularly in sustainability. It is also noted that some
research projects’ outputs are in areas such as knowledge of teaching and
learning that can inform decisions about services or the design of new
technologies, rather than leading to services themselves.
- A wider funding portfolio should be developed including industry
- The policies on jointly working with other universities and
protocols/service agreements need developing.
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