Wednesday, 29 June 2011

UWE BetterTogether awards

On Friday I attended the UWE BetterTogether awards ceremony along with other members of the UWE Repository Team. I don't normally go to big university events like this, but this time we'd been nominated for three awards, and shortlisted for two. The Library Repository Team had been nominated for an Innovation award, and shortlisted for an Excellence in Research award. Along with the Faculty Research Officers and members of the Research, Business and Innovation team (RBI) we'd also been shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellors award.

Sad to say, we didn't win either of the awards we'd been shortlisted for - a little disappointing, but we did all get a pretty Bristol Blue glass paper weight! To be fair, I'm not really sure how innovative we've been, and I'm not convinced we've contributed as much to excellence in research as, say, a researcher (or research group)! But I did think we had a chance with the Vice Chancellors award; I believe we worked really hard as a team last year to make the repository a success, and that includes members of the Faculty Research Offices and RBI. 

Although we didn't win the award, I think that we have achieved what we set out to do to some extent - our full text count isn't much higher than most repositories without a mandate, but the view across the university of the repository is primarily a positive one. And at least there is a view across the university - most researchers know who we are and what we do!

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