Research and Innovation Information Hub Implementation: Joni Rhodes, University of Portsmouth


As the new organisational strategy emerged Joni identified that at a departmental level these ambitious targets would require an increase in R&I activity and performance.  Furthermore, staff were requesting access to information which had previously been collected on an adhoc basis; which was an inefficient and time consuming approach.  Joni set out to create an online repository for R&I resources which worked on a practical level to increase access to information and in turn knowledge, and also to address some of the cultural aspects to aim for a more proactive approach.

 Impact of Project in the workplace

There has been an excellent impact to the workplace with the new R&I repository:-

  • Met colleagues requests
  • Clear and accessible - essential in light of remote working practices
  • All information in a convenient location
  • Information is of the correct level of detail and easy to maintain
  • Acts as a signpost for investigators
  • Save time and effort for colleagues
  • Easily adaptive to suit other faculties needs

Apprentice thoughts

Joni through her high level of self awareness identified a number of challenges such new skills required, concerns over engagement, and workload.  She overcame this by self-directed learning acquired through University resources and support from University supervisors and senior team.  Joni was pleased with her success with the project and proud of the outcome.  She took full responsibility of the project;

  • On time, to scope and on budget
  • Managed workload, expectations and schedule for project team
  • Tailored communications to suit stakeholder and project requirements
  • Utilised digital technology to meet strategic need
  • Innovative resource leading the way within the organisation
  • Worked collaboratively to create buy-in
  • Remained responsive and agile throughout
  • Ongoing improvement plans and impact analysis

Employers thoughts

“It's exactly what the faculty needs and will really help us structure and build our R&I activities and culture for the future  Trevor Keeble, Executive Dean

“This will save significant time and energy as all the key information and signposting is present.” Mel Johnson, Faculty Accountant