IRRP question time

Join us for this webinar to learn more about rights retention and policy development within the UK HE sector

  • 1.5 hours
  • Online
  • Free

This event will be held on

  • 30 May 2024

    • Online
    • 10:30 – 11:45


UKRI has a new open access policy that requires funded authors to make their research publications freely available to the public. One route to compliance is for authors to deposit a copy of their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in their institutional or other open access repository and to include particular wording in the contract with their publishers. Commonly this is known as rights retention and rights retention policies (IRRPs) are in place at about a third of UK HEIs.

Jisc, together with our partners SCONUL and RLUK, now wants to support the entire sector to work through the issues raised by this policy requirement. We are therefore establishing a Teams channel with example documentation and conducting some panel-led community Q&A sessions to support those tasked with developing a policy for their institution.

Our panellists have all been through the process of writing a policy and implementing it. They will focus on very practical steps which can help in getting a policy in place. They will also look in detail at implementation issues.


  • Gavin Beattie, associate director (research and impact), King's College London. Gavin will talk about when and how to engage with IP teams with legal people and with senior management, drawing on his extensive experience at King's and he will talk about the power of moving as a sector.
  • Elaine Sykes, head of open research, University of Lancaster. Elaine will focus on the Lancaster experience of working with the N8 consortium on a joint statement, exploring how differing institutions have adopted policies to shape an IRRP to their institutional profile and their varying appetites for risk.
  • Eddy Verbaan, head of library research support, Sheffield Hallam University. Eddy will discuss author and library workflows and will also talk about rights retention being the preserve of not only research-intensive institutions but that more teaching-focussed institutions could usefully and successfully engage with it as well, Sheffield Hallam being a case in point.

Who should attend

The discussions at this event will be of particular interest to:

  • Open access librarians
  • Research managers
  • Other professionals who support open access in their organisation

But we welcome all interested parties to attend.


For further information, please contact events@jisc.ac.uk.