Understanding the use of Books & Monographs by Researchers in the Humanities & Social Sciences

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.

No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Please spare 10-15 minutes to participate, and to help the researchers understand what you want as both authors and readers of books.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K96XZD5

If you have any questions, please contact the survey researcher, Ellen Collins, on ellen.collins@researchinfonet.org.

Students offered £5k grants for innovative ideas to improve education, research and student life

Registration has opened for this year’s Jisc Summer of Student Innovation.

Jisc is the UK’s expert on digital technologies for education and research. The competition will offer digitally savvy further and higher education students the chance to create technology solutions that could change the education landscape forever.

Successful entrants will receive a £5,000 grant from Jisc to transform their ideas into prototypes and gain a ‘feel’ for their product or service. The selected students will also receive user feedback so that missing or difficult functionality can be easily identified and students can go on to develop better solutions that will potentially be adopted by universities, colleges and learning providers across the UK.

To enter, students must submit a two to five minute video pitch on the Jisc Elevator website alongside a short summary and a 300-500 word description which includes details on the benefits of their idea and its impact on research and education. To be considered for funding, entrants must hit a target of 500 votes before 30 May 2014. Voting is open to everyone but votes must come from 15 different Further/Higher Education institutions.

The deadline to apply for the Jisc Summer of Student Innovation is 30 May 2014.

Interested? Visit the Jisc Elevator website for Ts & Cs and to submit your entry.