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“Open Access is a complex and potentially very contentious area, e.g. academic freedom to publish.  So amongst all the conflicting mandates and policies it was really useful to have the institutional role so clearly delineated  - and an action plan to follow up on.” – Candace Guite, University of Stirling

“It was great to get the benefit of listening to someone with the experience and knowledge of Bill Hubbard.” – Sheila Scott, Robert Gordon University

“As a newcomer to open access, confused by 'compliance' and all the different policies, I now have a better understanding as to what these mean.” – Hazel Bentley, University of Manchester

“This webinar gives a good background to OA and what it means for Academic Institutions and their authors both now and in the very near future.” – Veronica Plowman, University of Plymouth

92% of survey respondents would recommend this webinar.

This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to an expert speaker, with the added benefit of no travelling required! You will also receive a link to a recording of the webinar so that you can listen again at a time convenient to you.

This is a free webinar.



How do we find our way through the forest of requirements, options, exemptions, variations and special cases that institutions and individuals have to handle with Open Access policies? The Open Access policy environment is growing more complex and more demanding in its needs, and now more significant in its implications.

This webinar will look at the policy environment from institutions, funders, the REF, and publishers and try to find path through the complexity. It will look at why we comply, how we comply and what happens when policies collide! Participants will be asked to contribute their own thoughts and needs - and solutions!  Finally, the webinar will suggest a strategy to frame institutional response overall and offer suggestions through this for getting institutional action. 

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2015
Time: 1400 BST
Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A)




Bill Hubbard

Director of the Centre for Research Communications

University of Nottingham

 Read a short biography of Bill Hubbard Bill Hubbard is the Director of the Centre for Research Communications (CRC), incorporating the work of SHERPA. Bill has a background in innovative developments of ICT in higher education and research and associated change management; in particular in work aiming to embed ICT into university functions and working practices. Previous work has been in the use of Expert Systems to support decision making, designing information systems for managing research funding and a number of years working with the introduction of multimedia into university teaching and learning. Bill’s commercial experience includes three years as a unit head, managing projects in virtual reality applications for communications, installations and broadcast, specialising in virtual heritage environments. Before this he worked as a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, leading a BA degree course in Multimedia Design and has been an honorary lecturer in the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Bill speaks widely on innovation in communication and research, including open access and related issues – repository network development, institutional integration, cultural change, IPR and policy development.



Participants will gain…

  • an overview of the Open Access policy environment in the UK
  • an understanding of behaviours and contexts that affect compliance with OA policies
  • suggestions for strategies to engage senior management and invoke an institutional response

Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required, although some familiarity with the concept of open access is useful.

You may like to browse the CRC blog.



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