Library Services

The Centre for Digital Scholarship provides support on making your research Open Access and on how to use UCA Research Online.

We provide one-to-one training and advice, webinars and workshops. You can email us at

Guide to Research Services

Find out more about our Research Services.

What is Open Access?

Open Access is free, immediate, online access to your research outputs.

Benefits include more exposure for your work; studies have found increased citation rates as researchers worldwide can see your work and the public can access your findings.

For more information, see our new mini guide to Open Access.

UCA Research Online

UCA Research Online (UCARO) is UCA's research repository. It provides a digital archive of research outputs produced by our staff.

It contains information about a wide range of research outputs from books, journal articles and conference papers to exhibitions, artworks, and designs.

UCARO satisfies the Open Access requirements of many UK funding bodies (such as the UK Research and Innovation) to make the results of publically-funded research available to the public. It is also used for the University's submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which is the national system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

UCA has a policy that all staff research outputs are recorded in UCARO, as well as PhD student theses. For further details, see the UCA Research Online Policies.

Support with your research

Learning & Teaching Librarians support staff and students with their research needs. They can help you find and evaluate information sources, use online resources and provide expert advice on what the Library has to offer. To find out more about our Learning & Teaching Librarians, please visit the Academic Support page.