IRIS Upgrade: Information on the upgrade schedule and new features

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 05, 2017 12:42 PM |

When is the upgrade happening?
The IRIS system has been unavailable from 8am on Tuesday 4 April 2017 and the new version is expected to go live on the afternoon of Thursday 6 April 2017.

What are the key changes?
The main change is a new and improved interface. The look and feel of the system has changed significantly from the previous version, with the different sections now accessed from tabs across the top of the screen. The new interface has undergone extensive user testing to ensure that the system is intuitive and user friendly.

  • There is a new button on the homepage for quick entry of publications and then deposit of your manuscript. This makes it even easier to add details of your accepted manuscripts to IRIS and upload your manuscripts to the Leicester Research Archive (LRA).
  • There is a new ‘action’ tab at the top of the page which changes and reminds you to deposit a publication, link publications to funding and add your ORCiD.

Two new modules coming shortly:
In May, we expect to release two new modules; Assessment and Impact.

  • Impact Module: The module will allow the creation of individual impact items, uploading of evidence and the linking of impact to grants and publications. This should assist with evidence gathering and identifying REF case studies.
  • Assessment module: A new module which will help the preparations for REF will allow users to select potential outputs for REF2021. Internal reviewers will be able to add internal grades and comments.

Questions and support

A quick start guide to the new version can be found by following the help icon at top right, then scrolling down to near the bottom. If you have any questions about the upgrade or if you experience any technical issues once the upgrade has taken place then please contact

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