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Ulster Unveils Research Repository

3 August 2010

Whether you're interested in the evolution of soccer in Africa, the biometry of the iris, new directions in transitional justice or the latest developments in carbon nanotube technology, there’s now a new way to find out about the latest research from the University of Ulster.

Those are just some of the many thousands of fascinating pieces of published research that can be found in the new Ulster Institutional Repository now available at

The repository is an open access digital archive containing the details of research produced by University of Ulster staff and researchers in the arts, humanities and sciences, and it’s freely accessible to the research community and the public. 

Already, University of Ulster researchers have placed almost 8,000 published pieces of research in the archive, with more being uploaded every day.
Users can search by keyword (e.g. author) or browse by year, Research Institute or School. Where copyright permits, a link is included within the details for each item to a freely available electronic copy of the research output.
The UIR offers a comprehensive, searchable electronic resource of Ulster’s research output and is a key tool in maximising the visibility, usage and impact of Ulster’s research by increasing online access to it for users and researchers worldwide. It also forms the official record of the University’s research publications and outputs and will be a valuable reporting mechanism for administration, assessment and promotion purposes.  

One significant spin-off benefit arising from the UIR is that the content can be repurposed for embedding on other web pages.  This means that personal/Research Institute/Faculty and School pages can always remain up to date from a research output perspective.
The UIR is now a core corporate system for the University and is an integral part of Ulster’s research infrastructure.  The practice of using the UIR has fast become embedded as part of the research process for all academic and research staff.  

For further information on the UIR please contact Natalie Dallat (, Research Office, Coleraine campus.