Aberystwyth University has an extensive range of research equipment and facilities; we have a strong history of collaboration with both national and international institutions and companies, and would like to foster these relationships through the provision of use or service of our research infrastructure.
Subsequent to the Wakeham report on Financial Sustainability and Efficiency in Higher Education; Aberystwyth University has set up an ongoing project to produce and maintain a central database of our research equipment and facilities.
The database will enable:
- Researchers to identify existing resources to be included in support of research bids.
- Further opportunities for funding under the new guidelines by RCUK.
- The fostering of a culture of sharing; to improve resource efficiency.
The database aims to gain the best possible value and use from our existing equipment while avoiding the waste of duplication. The project responds to new guidelines for grant applications to Research Councils which require consideration of equipment sharing before the purchase option is considered.
We are also contributors to the UK research equipment database equipment.data. equipment.data is a one-stop-shop funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for accessing UK wide research equipment within any contributing institution. It provides a simple portal to access these databases and aims to improve efficiency and stimulate collaboration.
We have achieved gold compliance with their standards by making our database as freely discoverable and searchable as possible.
Aberystwyth University would also like to encourage the use of the National Equipment Exchange to improve cost efficiency. This site is a central marketplace for research institutions to resell surplus or unused equipment; and inversely to buy surplus or unused equipment from other institutions.