About ResearchTools

This service offers a set of tools to aid in communication and collaboration. Although originally set up with research groups and projects in mind, it can be used by any University group which wishes to use its facilities. It can be found at http://researchtools.ncl.ac.uk

A member of staff at Newcastle University can request a ResearchTools site by completing the new site request form. Once set up, sites may be used by students and by external collaborators.


File storage within a site is limited to 1Gb - this can be increased on request but potential users should note that this system is not suitable and is not intended for the sharing of research data. Please contact it.servicedesk@ncl.ac.uk if you have a requirement to share significant volumes of research data.

Tools available

ResearchTools offers a variety of collaboration and communication tools and features to aid with research, including:

  • Home Page: View recent announcements, discussions, and chat activity
  • Announcements: Post current, time-critical information
  • Blog: Contribute to a group blog
  • Calendar: Keep track of important dates and deadlines in a shared calendar
  • Chat Room: Participate in real-time, written conversations
  • Forums: Engage in written conversations, not in real time
  • Help: Access help documentation
  • Messages: Send messages to a group or individual within ResearchTools
  • News: Display an RSS feed from an external site
  • Preferences: Set your personal preferences, such as time zone and notifications
  • Profile: Add and make public personal information, including pictures
  • Resources: Share files and URLs
  • Site Members: View names, pictures and profiles of site participants
  • Web Content: Include external website content in your worksite
  • Wiki: Collaboratively edit simple web pages

If you would like to try out the features on offer, please submit the request form to obtain access to the Demo site.

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