Copyright and open access: Your thesis and beyond

Code: LIB202, Offered By: Research Study Skills

What is copyright, and how does it affect you as a researcher? Come along to this workshop to find out how you can reuse material fairly and legally in your writing - and how copyright protects works that you produce. Discover how the Library is advancing efforts in open access publishing to make your research available to the widest possible audience.

Please bring along any current queries for a roundtable discussion.

Recommended For

All researchers who are thinking about ways to disseminate their research.

Aims and Objectives

This session will introduce:

  • Fundamentals of UK copyright law

  • Copyright status and ways to reuse different types of material

  • The University of Sheffield's three repositories for theses, publications and data

  • Open Research and the possibilities of open access

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how legal exceptions, licences, and permissions can be utilised to reuse copyright works

  • Understand the rights authors hold in their publications and other intellectual outputs

  • Be aware of their responsibilities with regard to making their theses and research publications open access

  • Use different tools to access a variety of open research material

Teaching Methods

Seminar and interactive session with group activities. The sessions will normally last 1.5 hours, webinars will last for 1 hour.


There will be no formal assessment. We suggest you use the objectives and learning outcomes above to reflect on what you have learned in this session and record this in your DDP e-portfolio.

Other Information

For more information visit the University's copyright pages, and the Library’s information for researchers.

Staff Contact

Ruth Mallalieu, Sharon Cocker and Emily Nunn  


Tue, Mar 17th 2020, 10:30

Venue: Pam Liversidge, Room: Design Studio 2 (E05)

Tutor: Ruth Mallalieu, Sharon Cocker, Emily Nunn

29 Places Available
Closing Date: March 16th, 2020

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