Open Access Steering Group

The Open Access Steering Group is a collaborative group comprising Research Services, the Bodleian Libraries, OUP and the academic divisions. The Steering Group is where both the service providers of the Open Access Service and the consumers of this service are represented. Furthermore, the Steering Group aims to provide oversight and coordination on all matters open access, and to advise colleagues on priorities and key issues. The Steering Group is accountable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Research and Innovation Committee, and generally meets six times every year.

Meeting dates
Date Time
Wednesday 4 October 2023 3:30–5pm
Thursday 30 November 2023 3.30–5pm
Thursday 11 January 2024


Thursday 7 March 2024 3:30–5pm
Thursday 18 April 2024 3:30–5pm
Thursday 13 June 2024 3.30–5pm



1. To advise and seek views from Research & Innovation Committee on

a. changes to the University’s Open Access Publications Policy anticipating and reacting to developments in Open Access dissemination both nationally and internationally, to best serve the University’s constituent parts

b. the allocation policy for Open Access block grants to ensure funds are allocated equitably without resulting in overspends or underspends

c. the consequent long-term resource implications of meeting the University’s responsibilities

2. To undertake advocacy and influence funders’ open access policies, including UKRI, Wellcome, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and COAF, together with publishers’ open access policies

3. To ensure implementation and compliance of open access policies for research assessment exercises

4. To monitor changing funder requirements and help researchers to meet these, keeping a watching brief on open access policies of significant funders at Oxford, and providing advice on changing requirements, ways to comply, sources of funding

5. To advise the Research Information Management and Technology Subcommittee on the system and related IT requirements of the Open Access service, for example Symplectic Elements and the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) or their replacements, their performance and enhancements, having regard for recommendations from the Open Access Operational Group and the Symplectic Elements User Forum

6. To advise on open access communication and support to the research community and the research support community


Open Access Steering Group membership
  Name   Conditions of appointment
1 Dr Tanita Casci Director, Research Strategy and Policy, who shall co-chair the group
2 Amy Warner May Associate Director for Scholarly Resources, who shall co-chair the group
3 Gillian Willis One person nominated by the Social Sciences Division
4 Dr Irene Scullion One person nominated by the MPLS Division
5 Dr Göher Ayman One person nominated by the Medical Sciences Division
6 Shelly Stringer Additional person nominated by the Medical Sciences Division
7 Dr Michele Warren One person nominated by the Humanities Division
8 Dr Deepa Nath One person from an academic department
9 Ruth Mallalieu Head of Open Scholarship Support, who shall serve as Secretary to the Group
10 Beth Gibbs Head of Open Access Collections
11 Luke Taylor Open Access and Repository Supervisor
12 Rhodri Jackson One person nominated by OUP
13 Dr Thomas Huet One person representing researchers from Humanities and Social Sciences
14 Dr Douglas Leasure One person representing researchers from Medical Sciences and MPLS
15 Dr Eugenio Barrio Research Information Lead


Members are encouraged to nominate a deputy when they are unable to attend a meeting. OASG has the facility to co-opt additional people for fixed periods of time, depending on the focus of the group at a particular time.