Where can I find equipment policy advice?

To help you locate the advice you need, we’ve recently pulled together equipment sharing policies from the research and funding councils across the UK. The 2010 Wakeham review recommended that research councils should encourage more intensive use of existing and future investments in research equipment. Since then funders have put in place a number of … Read more

The benefits of an efficient asset data workflow

In today’s blog post, Adrian Cox, the top champion of equipment.data, is looking at the University of Southampton workflow for capturing and sharing research kit information. He also has a range of suggestions on what you need to consider and how to improve your workflow and increase the quality of equipment data. Driving data improvement … Read more

What is driving increased equipment sharing?

Why should universities share equipment? Equipment sharing has been at the heart of the efficiency agenda  since 2010. Put simply, creating and providing a searchable listing of your research facilities and equipment may enable greater collaboration and improve the efficiency and utilisation of existing equipment and facilities. National policies and drivers for equipment sharing Our … Read more

Sharing research equipment: how can we do it better?

Our aim was to inform the business case options for delivering an infrastructure that would support the sharing and use of high-value research equipment and facilities in the UK. We focused on three solutions: equipment.data, Kit Catalogue and Brunswick framework agreements. What is equipment.data? Equipment.data is the national portal for research equipment and facilities, endorsed by … Read more

S-lab conference and equipment sharing

Last week, Martin Hamilton and I attended the S-lab conference at the BBSRC Rothamsted Research. S-lab is an initiative that supports world class science through engaging the discussion on efficiencies around laboratory equipment and facilities. The conference kicked off with a few keynote speakers. David Parfrey of BBSRC said that the recipe for a bioeconomy … Read more

Achieving efficiencies and sharing assets and equipment across UK universities

The S-lab conference last week was a most inspiring and interesting event. It had everything, from a keynote speaker representing NASA to an awards dinner with Matthew Cobb revealing life’s greatest secret, and exhibitors showing the newest lab designs and coolest lab equipment. It was attended by close to 400 participants both from higher education … Read more