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Membership 2020/21

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research (Chair) or nominated representative

Professor Noortje Marres

Appointed academic members

Dr Theo Damoulas (Statistics/Computer Science)

Professor Elliot Ludvig (Psychology)

Professor Mark Philp (History)

Dr Steve Royle (Warwick Medical School)



Head of Scholarly Communications, Library

Yvonne Budden

REF Manager and Head of Research Planning

Rob Seavers

Research Data Officer, Library

Dr Ishwar Kapoor

Head of IDG Technology for Research, Information and Digital Group

Steve Ranford

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Terms of Reference

The Open Research Group will utilise the following definition of ‘Open Research’:

Open Research embodies the principle of openness throughout the whole scholarly lifecycle. ‘Open Research’ is interchangeable with the commonly-used ‘Open Science’ but being more inclusive is the University’s preferred term.

Open Research can be described as:

“…the practice [of research] in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.”

“…an umbrella term that involves various movements aiming to remove the barriers for sharing any kind of output, resources, methods or tools, at any stage of the research process.”

[Quotations from FOSTER (The Future of Science is Open)]

  • Be the advisory body for the University regarding developments relating to Open Research and their relevance to the University’s research and other scholarly interests;
  • Promote awareness and understanding of issues relating to Open Research;
  • Instigate, advise on and support Open Research-related initiatives and practices;
  • Make recommendations to Research Committee and other bodies as appropriate on relevant policy, services and requirements.

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Reporting Structure

The Open Research Group reports to the Research Committee.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Dr Julie Robinson, Scholarly Communications Manager, Library (

Papers for consideration by the Open Research Group should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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