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Resources for researchers

This page contains some useful information for researchers at the University of Cumbria. Further information is available on the internal staff website Research Office and Graduate School pages.

Key policy documents

The University has a Research Strategy, which sets out our aims and objectives in relation to research as an integral part of what we do.

The Code of Practice for Research applies to all researchers undertaking research at the University. (For Postgraduate Research students, this must be read in conjunction with the Postgraduate Research Code of Practice). It sets out the principles of good conduct in research to be adhered by, and directly supports the University’s commitment to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity (Universities UK, 2012). It also reflects our commitment to the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (2011).

The University also supports the principles of open access. The Open Access Policy sets the University’s expectation in relation to open access, and the requirements for eligibility for outputs in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).  


Insight is the institutional research repository for the University of Cumbria, and is the primary resource to support out researchers in meeting the requirements of the open access policy. It contains electronic copies of research output (journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, unpublished manuscripts and papers, etc) by University staff and affiliates. Peer reviewed text of journal articles and conference proceedings must be made available on the repository within set time limits from point of article acceptance to meet the open access requirements for the next REF.

Insight is an internet based repository of digital scholarly publications which can provide immediate and free worldwide access benefiting both author and reader.

All academic staff, professional services staff and research students within the University can deposit at their own discretion and can log-in with their University network passwords.

Library facilities for researchers

The Library offers a range of services designed to help researchers, including the research subject resources.

VITAE: supporting research

Vitae is a national organisation, which provides support for the career development of researchers.  It is a major source of guidance for many areas of research policy and practice, and for research managers and supervisors as well as researchers. Resources include guidance and support relating to careers advice for researchers.