Three new releases of Pure are issued by our software provider every year, the Pure team test and review each upgrade before rolling out a new version. When a new version is due to be rolled out you will be notified when you log into Pure and on this web page.  The next upgrade will take place on 26 May 2020

What can I expect during the upgrade?

During an upgrade you will not be able to log into Pure. Upgrades normally take one day and involve updating existing data and the introduction of new features.

What will happen to publication lists on staff pages?

Publication lists generated from Pure and displayed on staff pages and university web pages will not be available during the upgrade. These pages are generated dynamically and rely on system availability to display publication lists.

Publication lists can be accessed from our public facing portal  This public portal does not rely on the same dynamic connection as staff pages and stores data even when the system is unavailable.

Can I still notify of new publications?

Yes, the email service will still be available, although the library team will not be able to add your publications to pure until after the upgrade has finished

What can I expect after an upgrade?

For most users, Pure will be the same as before; many of the changes happen in the background and will be more noticeable to users with administrative roles. Where new features will change the look or function of Pure we will provide details of new features on this page.

What new features are in this version?

  1. There are some minor changes to our web services content. This has no direct impact on users but allows us to do more with the data in Pure and should help us continue to improve the connection between Pure and staff or research group webpages
  2. Staff with access to the REF module will see the largest number of changes in this version.  This version introduces a number of new summary screens, improved open access validation, and additional integration features with the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission system.
  3. Improved accessibility on the Research portal for visitors using assistive technologies, will also be delivered.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information please email

What other system maintenance is ongoing?

Activity module review: The Pure team is currently reviewing the Activity module to remove many of the historical ‘Other’ categories and to add new categories where required. If your activity is changed to a new category you will receive two notifications from the system, the first notification will advise of deletion (removal of the old category) and the second notification will advise of creation (adding the new category). Please accept our apologies for any disruption while we try to improve this area of Pure. If you have any concerns or questions, or if you have a suggestion for a new activity category, please email