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 last upgrade to Pure took place on 30 April 2019.

What can I expect during the upgrade?

During an upgrade you will not be able to log into Pure. Upgrades normally take one or two days 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 changes to how Pure communicates with staff pages and university webpages, this will result in a change to how your publications look on those webpages.
  2. The tasks and notifications side bars have been updated, the notifications area is larger and you will see notifications and messages down the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Improved control over online profiles; two new sections are available from the edit profile section, portal profile and highlighted content. In portal profile you can deactivate the collaboration map and in highlighted content you can set up to five publications to always display first on the Pure portal. Find out more in our user guide Updating your Public Portal profile through Pure.
  4. In line with REF system requirements Pure will have just one listing in each Unit of Assessment, for any publication proposed for REF. Associated authors will show on the single publication record and open access compliance will also be visible on the record.
  5. For staff proposing outputs for REF there is now a ‘proposed by co-author’ notification. This will highlight to all REF eligible co-authors where a publication has been proposed for REF.
  6. For Staff with access to the REF module. The summary screens for REF1a/c and REF2 are not available in this version, a new grid view in the editable tab of REF 1a/c and REF 2 will provide summary details. Find out more in our user guide Changes to the REF2021 module.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information please email