Skip to Main Content

Open Research

The Open Research Network

As part of the University response to Open Research developments, the Library has set up an Open Research Network to support and enhance Open Research practices at Sheffield Hallam.

Do get in touch if you want to join the network. We are looking for people who will work in their area to support and promote Open Research. 


Who can become an Open Research Champion?

You do not need to have any experience in Open Research. This opportunity is open to anyone interested in Open Research. We welcome researchers, early career researchers, doctoral students, professional services staff, and anyone else with an interest in the aims of Open Research and promoting its benefits.  

What is required of me?

Your role will be to liaise with colleagues in various teams to support and promote Open Research in your institute / college / department / service area.  

This could include: 

  • Attending Open Research Network meetings 

  • Keeping up to date with developments in Open Research  

  • Sharing news about Open Research initiatives and services with your colleagues

  • Promoting the use and benefits of open research activities in team meetings, at away days, conferences etc.  

  • Actively practicing Open Research e.g. sharing work via Open Access, and sharing primary research data where applicable 

What are the benefits of becoming a champion?

Becoming an Open Research Champion is an opportunity for personal and professional development. The benefits include: 

  • Opportunities to meet and network with colleagues across the University 

  • Develop knowledge and skills in Open Research  

  • Increase your own impact through the practice of Open Research  

  • Boost your CV 

  • Develop transferable skills, such as advocacy and teamwork 

  • Evidence of professional activity 

What support will be provided?

You will be given support and training in the role where needed. You will become part of a network which will offer peer-to-peer support through regular meetings alongside informal networking opportunities.  

How to join

Please email the Library Research Support team, who will reply with more information and details about being a champion. We will also add you to the Teams channel.. 

Adsetts Library [map pdf]
Collegiate Library [map pdf]

Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus, Howard Street
Sheffield S1 1WB
Sheffield Hallam Library Signifier