Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are delighted to be working in partnership with the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) to deliver a multifaceted Research Engagement Programme (REP) for academic libraries.

The programme consists of a tailored cohort training programme, open events, case studies, and resources to support colleagues working across the academic library community to develop their research confidence, skills and capabilities. The programme is open to colleagues working within both RLUK and non-RLUK member institutions, and details of its various elements are outlined below.


The RLUK-AHRC Research Engagement Programme (REP) is a direct response to the findings of a collaborative scoping study, commissioned by RLUK in partnership with the AHRC, and undertaken by research consultancy, Evidence Base, across January-June 2021. 

The scoping study explored the role, and potential role, of research and academic libraries as partners in, and leaders of, academic and scholarly research. This included colleagues working across a wide variety of professions and disciplines. The scoping study made a series of far reaching recommendations, including the need for direct investment in the research capacity and capabilities of libraries. This scheme is a direct response to this recommendation. 

The full report, its findings, and recommendations can be viewed here.