5 reasons to avoid an ‘in-house’ solution

We sometimes hear about universities who’ve decided to build a PGR system ‘in-house.’ Sometimes we hear from them before they start the project but more often a few years later when the system they built is no longer meeting their needs.

Here’s the problems we’ve seen and why you may want to avoid building in-house:

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Introducing our new Ethics Monitor team

After spending over ten years in corporate information management, I am excited to move to the other side of the software and join Haplo as Product Facilitator for Ethics Monitor. Whilst I was initially nervous about changing direction, I am excited to use the knowledge I’ve gained from my past experiences and add it to everything I’m learning as a new member of the Haplo team.

I am here to work closely with our clients as they make the exciting move to using Ethics Monitor. I look forward to answering support queries, preparing and providing training materials specific to each client’s needs, and managing the process from preparing the workflows and forms through to the testing and implementation of the system. My aim is for your transition to Ethics Monitor to be enjoyable and hopefully a little bit exciting. Haplo has created a more efficient way to tackle an old task and I’m pleased to be part of the team that will be delivering that.

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University of Leicester joins PhD Manager

We’re delighted to welcome the University of Leicester to our growing family of PhD Manager users and help them support their Graduate School and are excited about starting development soon.

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PhD Manager Product Facilitator

We’re currently recruiting a new position within Haplo, our PhD Manager Product Facilitator.

It is a key role in supporting and working with our growing community of university users, where you’ll develop a deep knowledge of their requirements of the PhD Manager system.

As the product owner, you’ll be defining the design and future direction of this exciting system to help create great software to support researchers.

Click here to read the full job description.

PhD Manager December User Group

Our next PhD Manager User Group will be held in December at the University of Northampton, and our group co-ordinators David Watson from the University of Northampton and Tracey Bean-Williams from Open University are busy organising the session.

With an increasing user base, the PhD Manager User Group will enable Haplo to continue to work effectively as true partners with our institutions.

As well as updates on PhD Manager deployments and developments, the session will focus on how Haplo can support the implementation, training and testing for our newer institutions and a discussion on the positive impact PhD Manager has had to Graduate Schools.

If you would like to find out more, email hello@phd-manager.co.uk for details.

Haplo at King’s College Careers Fair

Last Wednesday myself and Emma, our Sales & Marketing Manager, visited King’s College London for their Careers Fair so that we could talk to undergraduates about the current career opportunities here at Haplo.

I graduated from King’s College last year after studying Computer Science so it was good to go back to the campus and see how it’s changed (there’s a lot of building work!) as well as seeing some familiar faces.

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How Haplo keeps your data safe

In my role as Haplo’s Systems Administrator, one of my responsibilities is to ensure that Haplo is more than providing the most flexible software platform, it’s also about providing a hosting platform that takes the best possible care of your data.

To do so, we closely and carefully control everything that goes into our hosting platform.

All our equipment is located in our own dedicated locked racks in data centres run by specialists. They provide us with network connectivity, power and cooling, and physical security.

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PhD Manager at the Vitae Conference 2017

As Haplo’s new Sales and Marketing Manager, I was keen to attend this year’s Vitae Researcher Development International Conference.

It was an early start for me, up at 5am trundling through London with my wheelie suitcase full of PhD Manager booklets and bags of Maltesers (for giving away of course, not for personal consumption!) But we got to Birmingham in no time thanks to a super fast train and exceptionally well chosen location for the conference, just a few minutes walk from Birmingham International station.

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Haplo Repository at the Repository Fringe

Getting my flight from London City Airport on Wednesday, I was excited to arrive in Edinburgh. It was my first visit to the Scottish capital and the Repository Fringe came highly recommended. Plus, with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival already started, I was really looking forward to seeing the city.

At the conference over the next two days I was struck by the enthusiasm of the attendees for the vision of academic research. Representatives were present from a wider variety of parties interested in academic repositories – university and industry research libraries, repository and e-notebook vendors, researchers and administrators.

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Haplo Research Data Management at Imperial and Cardiff

Haplo will be working with Imperial College London and Cardiff University to provide their Research Data Management repositories. Haplo’s focus on building highly secure systems will ensure this important research is kept safe for future researchers.

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PhD Manager User Group Launch

On 23 June, Haplo hosted the launch of the PhD Manager User Group, with attendees from the University of Westminster, the University of Northampton, the University of Leeds, the University of East London, London South Bank University, the Open University and the University of South Wales.

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PhD Manager is growing

The Open University and SOAS have recently selected PhD Manager to support their Graduate Schools. We’re delighted to welcome these new institutions to our growing family of PhD Manager users.

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