Research data management and Data Management Plans

The University’s Policy on Good Research & Innovation Practices (GRIP) sets out how all researchers, including PGR students, should manage data generated by research projects. Research data are diverse and vary enormously between disciplines, but broadly speaking, they are the evidence used to support or inform research conclusions. All students must plan how they will manage the data they will create and gather by writing a compulsory Data Management Plan.

Data must be recorded accurately and systematically, and managed appropriately throughout the research project. This includes (but is not limited to) the creation, processing, analysis, preservation, access to and reuse of research data. Data should normally be shared with at least one other person (e.g. the supervisor) throughout the research process. Most major funders, notably UK Research Councils, the EU and major UK charities, require research data underpinning publications, including student theses, to be made publicly available for re-use (unless restrictions on the release of data are necessary to protect confidentiality or for other ethical or legal reasons). A statement indicating where the underlying data can be found should be included in all publications. The University encourages all researchers to make their research data discoverable by recording details in its research data catalogue, ORDA, with a link to where it is stored.

Data Management Plans are compulsory for students commencing their research programme from the 2019/20 academic year onward and will be checked at Confirmation Review. Students should refer to the information on Data Management Plans available on the Library website and should consider using the DMPonline tool available from the Digital Curation Centre.

For more information on Research Data Management please refer to the Library's website.