Pathfinder Events for OA week

As OA week approaches, it provides ‘an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research’.

A number of the Pathfinder projects are using OA week as a vehicle for advocating OA implementation and are planning events and releasing resources accordingly within their own institutions, some of which also welcome external delegates. Here are some examples of the Pathfinders are marking OA week:

Lancaster University

Lancaster University has arranged a variety of sessions throughout the week to keep researchers up to date with Open Access developments.

Sessions include:

  • Preparations for the HEFCE Open Access policy
  • RCUK Open Access funding available at Lancaster and how to apply
  • the Jisc OAPEN-UK project on Open Access monographs in the Humanities and Social Science

University of Bath

Bath is targeting postgraduate students this year with a showing of the PHD comic movie ( preceded by PHD comics excellent short film about Open Access (

University College London (UCL)

2nd Open Access Conference- 22nd October (External delegates welcome)

UCL is hosting its 2nd annual Open Access Conference takes place on 22nd October, from 3-5pm, in the Darwin Lecture Theatre. The conference is an opportunity to learn about recent open access developments, including the open access policy for the next REF.

Details and booking:

University of Glasgow (updated 20/10/14)

University of Glasgow is setting up a ‘pop up’ stall and will be facilitating a talk by library staff which has been advertised to local staff and students.

University of Huddersfield

During Open Access Week 2014,  University of Huddersfield is getting involved in discussions around open access publishing through a programme of events, encouraging researchers to debate, ask questions, or simply learn a little more about the exciting changes surrounding open access publishing.

 University of Manchester (updated 20/10/14)

University of Manchester will be holding a lunchtime seminar on Tuesday 21st to celebrate successes, raise awareness of new funds and policies and discuss OA for books.  They also plan to launch new support/advocacy materials during OA Week.

University of St Andrews

Managing journals: challenges and opportunities (External delegates welcome)

1-4.15pm, Thur 23rd Oct 2014, Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews

Presentations from students and staff using OJS, with the focus very much on practical issues around setting up and running an Open Access journal

Details and booking:

Please note that Jisc will be undertaking various activities to support OA week at Stay tuned for details!


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