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University of Northampton


  • NECTAR (Northampton Electronic Collection of Theses and Research) -
  • Software used: EPrints
  • Contact: Miggie Pickton, Research Support Specialist and NECTAR Queen Bee, Department of Information Services, University of Northampton, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton , NN2 7AL ,


  • Managerial WTE: 0.2
  • Administrative WTE: 0.7
  • Technical WTE: 0.1
  • Total WTE: 1
  • Number of individual staff that work on repository whole or part time: 11
  • Core repository team or staff distributed throughout different departments: Some are located in other departments
  • Membership to UKCoRR: Some staff are members


  • Level of mediated deposit: Partially - people other than repository staff (e.g departmental admin, researchers) create records and then these are checked by repository staff. We are moving from a fully mediated service to one which is partially mediated. As a result, some researchers enter their own metadata and full content, but others continue to supply these to their School NECTAR administrators. In all cases, library staff undertake metadata checking and enhancement and perform copyright checking.
  • Accept metadata records or full-text only: Also accept metadata only records
  • Percentage full-text: 3%
  • Currently have institutional policy / mandate: Yes. We have a policy but not a mandate. The university's Annual Research Report is produced from NECTAR so failure to submit metadata to NECTAR means that the work is not fully recognised by the university.
  • Currently have preservation policy for repository: Yes. We learned more about preservation by taking part in the KeepIt project (see
  • Content types included in repository: Research articles, Conference papers, Books, Multimedia (images, video, sound), Theses, Unpublished works. Given our low proportion of full content, most of the above comprises metadata only - but NECTAR could and would accept full content for all the checked items plus exhibitions, compositions, book chapters etc.
  • Quality assurance policy for research content: We accept peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed materials. All items in NECTAR must already have been made available in the public domain (i.e. published work, conference papers, performances and exhibitions are acceptable; internal presentations or working papers, pre-examination thesis chapters, and creative outputs that have not previously been performed or exhibited are not).
  • Currently have e-theses deposit policy: Yes
  • E-theses policy is opt-out (i.e. the thesis will be made OA unless the student requests an exception): Yes. We are in the process of finalising our policy and procedure for depositing theses in NECTAR.

Institutional context

  • Department with lead responsibility for repository: Information Services
  • Integration / plan for integration with research management systems: Planned but not in progress. We are in discussion with our research office re implementation of a CRIS. Senior management are in favour (in principle) but we have not yet been awarded funds for this project.
  • Commercial CRIS system:
  • Which one?:
  • Bids for external funding: Yes. We have had funding from the JISC to support the setting up of NECTAR, participation in the KeepIt project and under the take-up and embedding strand. More details here:
  • More about the repository: [Additional comments to be added at a later date]
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