ManifestoThe policy team works with the research community to understand the issues surrounding the use of research software, and then campaigns to raise awareness and solve those issues.

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Supporting people who write code, not papers

At our Collaborations Workshop in 2012 the term "Research Software Engineer" (RSE) was coined to describe people who work in academia writing the code used by researchers. Since 2013, we have campaigned to gain recognition for this vital group of people which numbers somewhere in the thousands in the UK alone.

Our campaign has led to the creation of the UK RSE Association, which numbers over 700 members, the growth of Research Software Groups around the country, the creation of a new Fellowship, the launch of a hugely successful conference and a significant increase in recognition for the role of the Research Software Engineer.

You can read a history of the RSE campaign or the…

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Better softwareA national facility for cultivating and improving research software to support world-class research

Software is fundamental to research: 7 out of 10 report their work would be impossible without it.

From short, thrown-together temporary scripts to solve a specific problem, through an abundance of complex spreadsheets analysing collected data, to the hundreds of software engineers and millions of lines of code behind international efforts such as the Large Hadron Collider and the Square Kilometre Array, there are few areas of research where software does not have a fundamental role.

The Institute is a leading international authority on research software sustainability, working with researchers, funders, software engineers, managers, and other stakeholders across the research spectrum. The use of software in research continues to grow, and the Institute plays a key role in helping the research community to help itself. We have built a network of over 60 Fellows from across research disciplines, championed research software and software career paths to stakeholders, worked with over 50 projects to improve their codes, written guides on all aspects of software…

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