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University of Exeter Open Research Award

The University of Exeter Open Research Award showcases and rewards the very best of student-lead open research practices across all of our departments and faculties.

Exeter Open Research Awards 2024

Following the huge success of last year’s Open Research awards, where we saw huge engagement across the University, the reproducibility team are delighted to announce a new call for 2024.

These awards promote and support open and reproducible research practices across our institution. In order to reward PhD students who are trying to uphold these principles we are running an open research award. We will award gift vouchers worth up to £5,000 to the best case studies across the university.

We would like your submissions of case studies which showcase good or innovative open research practices.

Case studies should be short (650 words), high-level summaries of work you have done with links to open resources that you have created or maintain. A proposed template is below:

  • Title of the case study
  • Introduction: a brief summary of the broad topic
  • A section detailing the practices supporting openness/reproducibility that were used
  • A section on barriers or challenges encountered, and how they were handled
  • A section on what benefits (if any) were identified as a result of being open
  • Reflections on what future advances might be to make your work more open/reproducible
  • Conclusion

A non-exhaustive list of open practices you might want to report on is given below:

  • Publishing pre-prints
  • Making code or data freely available
  • Sharing study materials/questionnaires/protocols openly
  • Conducting a registered report
  • Sharing open practices with students or other teaching of open research
  • Conducting peer coding/review to pre-publication to ensure the rigour of your work

Case studies should be submitted by June 19th and awards will be presented at an award ceremony on July 22nd on Streatham Campus.

Complete this form to enter.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Prof Mark Kelson.


Exeter Open Research Awards 2023

This year we had remarkable entries from across the university highlighting the incredible work our students are producing.

We convened a panel to adjudicate the awards who were: Prof Mark Kelson (chair), Dr Eilis Hannon, Prof Gavin Buckingham, Dr Janice Ranson, Sofia Fernandes, and Dr Travis Coan.

The panel are delighted to announce the following winners. The overall winners in each faculty will receive vouchers for £1,500 while the runners up in each faculty will receive £500 in vouchers each. In recognition of the high quality of the submissions we have also highly commended a number of case studies. Congratulations all!

We would like to thank all of the applicants for their engagement with Open Science and wish you all well in your future work.

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy winners

Name Project
Jakob Wessel (overall ESE winner) ibicus – an open-source Python package for the bias adjustment of climate models and associated evaluation.
Federica Rescigno Towards shared data analysis pipelines for robust machine learning techniques
Han Wu Is Deep Learning secure for Robots?
Dugald Foster The Great Meta-Analytic Maze: Tackling Forking Paths and Researcher Degrees of Freedom in Eleven Meta-Analyses

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences winners

Name Project

Rhian Hopkins/Pedro Cardoso/Laura Guedemann (overall HLS winner)

Improving reproducibility and transparency of diabetes research with electronic health care records

Catherine Russon

Diametrics: an open-source Python package and web application for analysing diabetes data

Rebecca Padget

Guppies in large groups cooperate more frequently in an experimental test of the group size paradox.

Xinran Du

Open Science practices benefit researchers and community

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences winners

Name Project

Caitlin Kight (overall HASS winner)

Building confidence through appreciative self-study -- individually, and in community

Maddy Millar

Enhancing reproducibility through the implementation and communication of pre-registration: a case study at the intersection of Law and Psychology

Zahra Jafari

Bibliography and Library of Hussaini Studies in European Languages

Highly Commended

Name Project

Fu Wang

Towards Verifying the Geometric Robustness of Large-scale Neural Networks

Tobit Dehnen

Open and reproducible PhD on the social life of vulturine guineafowl

George Hancock

Tools for camouflage evolution and measuring geometry of habitats

Nathanael Sheehan

Philosophy of Open Science

Babak Zolghadr-Asli

Maximizing the benefits of desalinated seawater supply networks for agricultural sustainability

Ian Burton

Use of machine learning in multiple public policy domains to ensure rigor of research and accountability of decision-makers using said research

Abhra Chaudhuri

Multi-View Representation Learning in Computer Vision

Molly Kressler

Diving into Open Research: contributions of a marine scientist
Yunus Abakay Publication in Arabic (Subjects in Contested Spaces: Securitisation of Kurdish Langauge in Syria)
Dragos Mitrofan  Developing Open access in archaeology-challenges encountered at the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) 2023 (Exeter, 27th-29th April)
Lara Fricke Journal Article "Insisting on Uniqueness: Shame and Guilt in German Memory Culture and the denial of Palestinian Perspectives