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Research information system - Pure

Pure is a web based system that replaced the Research Expertise publications database, providing improved functionality for all users. This system has been successfully tried and tested in the UK and throughout Europe.

About Pure

Capture of research activities

Pure offers the flexibility to capture many research-related activities such as:

  • Research outputs (publications), including full-text which can be passed through to St Andrews Research Repository, the university's Open Access Institutional Repository.
  • Professional activities and awards, outreach and knowledge exchange.
  • Statements relating to the impact of research - in preparation for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Integration with other central systems

Pure is fully integrated with data from other central systems such as:

  • Staff details from Human Resources.
  • Postgraduate research student details, including funding and supervisor details, from Registry and Finance.
  • Research project details (grants, consultancy, studentships, etc.) from Research Funding Office.
  • Pure links to the university research portal to increase the visibility of your research - St Andrews Research Portal.


This project was set up as a joint project with the University of Aberdeen. Together, we were the first universities in the UK to use Pure. Over 25 others, including Strathclyde, York, Dundee, Edinburgh and Royal Holloway have now implemented Pure.

For further details contact the Digital Research team -


Latest news

26 September 2016:  Pure will be unavailable from 4pm on Monday 26th Sept until approximately midday on Tuesday the 27th to allow for scheduled maintenance.

8 August 2016:  Pure will be unavailable from 4pm on Monday 8th Aug until approximately the end of day on Thursday the 11th August to allow for scheduled maintenance.

16 June 2016:  Pure will be unavailable from midnight on 15th of June until approximately 12 noon on 16th of June to allow for scheduled server maintenance. 


Digital Research

University Library
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9TR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 462321

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