CORE was presented with the Outstanding Impact of Research on Society and Prosperity Award at The Open University’s Research Excellence Awards Ceremony 2019 which took place at the MK Stadium on October 23rd.
Over 150 Researchers, academics and support staff attended with Professor Kevin Hetheringthon, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Scholarship hosting. The new Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Professor Tim Blackman also attended and welcomed the guests at the beginning of proceedings. The awards were presented by Professor Monica Grady and we were extremely lucky to also be joined by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who presented the Open University’s 50th Anniversary Prize for Research.
Representing CORE were Dr. Petr Knoth, Matteo Cancellieri, Lucas Anastasiou, Bikash Gyawali, David Pride and Alan Fletcher. Balviar Notay of Jisc, a key partner of The Open University in delivering CORE also joined the awards ceremony.
Dr. Petr Knoth commented: "I am delighted to win this award and would like to thank everyone who contributed to the development of CORE since its start in 2010, including our key partner Jisc as well as other funders, our users and commercial customers and our fantastic and talented current and former staff. It has been a great pleasure for me to be able to lead this fantastic team that is so passionate about the mission of opening up research knowledge to all, including not just researchers, funders and librarians, but also the millions of our users from within the general public who can discover and access the results of research they have contributed to by paying their taxes. It has been a privilege for me to be able to run this project from within the Open University which fully embraces the mission of openness, lifelong education and knowledge sharing. I hope the work of my team, a service that has become an essential part of the open access infrastructure, will contribute to making the Open University a centre of excellence for Open Research in the future."