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Research Bites 2023: Welcome

Welcome to Research Bites 2023

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels and may be of particular interest to research starters and early career researchers. Delivered by Library Services in collaboration with the Graduate School Development Team, the aim is to deliver useful information, start discussions and answer questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Aston University. Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive update of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.

The sessions were delivered in March 2023 and recordings can be accessed below. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback; email

Types of publishing

This workshop will introduce researchers to business fundamentals and give an overview of university entrepreneurship using examples. We will analyse and discuss a case study of a business that is trying to scale but is faced with considerable challenges. We will also cover the various aspects of the commercialisation process and discuss a range of tools that you can use to assess your own business idea.

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Different types of literature review

Systematic? Narrative? Rapid? You might have been asked to work on a literature review, or you might have come across some. However, the terms used for reviews are varied and sometimes not always clear. In this session, we will identify different types of reviews and how they differ in aim, scope and methodology. We will also see examples across different subject areas.

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Keeping up-to-date with research

Have the latest research come to you! In this session we will look at alerting services available through different databases and how to set them up so you will always be up to date with recently published work in your field. 

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De-mystifying the REF

The exact form of the next Research Excellence Framework isn’t yet known, but it is likely to be similar to REF 2021.  REF affects most researchers through its open access (OA) policy, which requires that most research outputs are made freely available within a set timeframe in order to be REF-eligible.  This session will focus on the basics of the current structure and the REF OA policy, and makes some suggestions about what might change in the policy as we move through the current REF cycle.

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