Researcher Profiles Support

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Set up your Researcher Profile

  • Step 1: Add a photo and profile information in Aurora

    Login to Aurora and upload a photo, include an overview (bio), and add other information such as appointments, education and external links (i.e. Google Scholar, ResearchGate, LinkedIn etc.)

    Download the Quick Reference Guide to Editing Your Profile.

    You can also add the following content to your researcher profile:

  • Step 2: View and update your Researcher Profile

    All changes made in Aurora will update on your Researcher Profiles via an overnight process, ready for you to view the next day. Your Researcher Profile URL will be:

    In additional to updating content in Aurora, you can also add the following additional content to your researcher profile:

    • Describe your research activities - once your profile is created, you can add additional information about your research activities (projects, groups, key collaborators, images, etc.). The My Research free-text area provides flexibility to do this.
    • List your grants and funding - highlight your research funding (internal, national or international schemes) in a dedicated free-text area, Grants and Funding.
    • Describe your teaching activities - you can add additional information about your teaching activities (ie lectures, courses developed etc.). The Teaching tab is also a free-text area.
    • Describe your supervision activities - information about your supervising activities (HDR's, PhD etc) can be added here. The Supervising tab also allows free-text to do this.
    • Include your contact details - show your PhoneBook contact information on your new profile. If this needs to be updated, you can update your contact details online.
  • Step 3: Make your Researcher Profile public

    Data from your Aurora profile flows through to your Researcher Profile after an overnight update process.  If you require the updates in your Researcher Profile quicker, it's possible to 'force' a synchronisation. Only those with 'editor' access, or Aurora Support, can perform this action.

    Force synchronisation: Initiate a synchronisation from your data in Aurora, to your Researcher Profile within minutes.

    Initially only you can view your profile. Once you're happy with the content of your profile, go ahead and make it public for all to see. You can of course continue to update your profile after this.

    Make your profile public: The final step requires people to 'Make this profile public' so others can see your Researcher Profile. Hint: Look for the big red button.

Frequently asked questions 

  • Improving the discoverability of your Researcher Profile

    To enhance discoverability of your profile through Google search and via the Researcher Profiles website, it is strongly encouraged to add relevant research interests to your profile in Aurora. This will allow potential HDR students, collaborators, and media to find you more easily.

    To add your Research Interests to your profile, login to Aurora and click 'Go to your profile'. Scroll down and edit your Research Interests. Enter a search term to locate appropriate Research Interests. Fields of Research & Socio-Economic Objectives are included to cover a wide range of areas. Click each relevant interest to add to your profile and then save when done.

    Once your Researcher Profile has been refreshed, your Research Interests will appear under the Career tab and will support discoverability of your profile through Google search.

  • Updating a Researcher Profile

    Individual researchers can edit their own profile by logging in to Researcher Profiles. Many aspects of researcher’s profile should be updated within Aurora, with the Researcher Profile record reflecting the changes the following day. Support pages provide more information about Aurora.

    A researcher can also Delegate Access to enable someone else to manage their Aurora profile. More information on Aurora’s delegate access and how to enable it can be found here. Editor Access in Researcher Profiles is restricted, for further information please log a ticket via the MyIT Portal.

  • Editor Access and Adoption Reports

    Adoption Reports can be run by Faculty/or School and provides information around Researcher Profiles adoption rates. To access these reports editor access is required. For information around editor access, log a ticket via the MyIT Portal.

     Producing an Adoption Report

    1. Log in and select ‘Shortcuts’ from the menu (black ribbon at the top of the page), then select ‘Adoption Reports’
    2. A pop-up box will appear at the bottom of the page providing ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ options, clicking ‘Open’ will open the adoption report into an Excel spreadsheet
    3. Excel will allow users to manipulate the data using ‘Filters’ to extract the information you require for your School or Faculty


  • Making a Researcher Profile private

    As an Editor, you can make a Researcher Profile private by following these steps:

    1. Log in and select ‘Shortcuts’ from the menu (black ribbon at the top of the page), then select ‘All profiles’
    2. Find your Researcher in the list and select them by ‘ticking’ the box next to their name
    3. Once selected, it will be highlighted in yellow, using the ‘With selection’ drop down menu, select ‘Unpublish profile’ and hit the ‘Apply’ button
    4. Your Researchers’ Profile will now be private

    If you are not an editor and need a Researcher Profile made private, please contact Research Technology Support.

  • Updating the Staff Directory

    When your Researcher Profile is public, links to the profile website will be automatically added to your Staff Directory page. Linking the two pages together.

    We strongly encourage researchers to share their new profile to showcase information such as publications, grants, contracts, industry partnerships, supervision, teaching information. Once your Researcher Profile is made public, a link (in the form of a large blue button) will automatically be created on your Staff Directory to link people to your Researcher Profile.

  • Adding videos to your Researcher Profile

    To add images or online videos to your Researcher Profile

    1. In the My Research tab, select Edit
    2. Select the ‘Play’ icon
    3. The following window will pop up. This window also allows your online video URL to be added and the default settings to be adapted for your video if you wish.
    4. Enter your URL into the Video URL field and Save
    5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save. A confirmation will appear on your Researcher Profile landing page


    The Video Embed window has Autoplay set by default. This can be deselected if required.

    Similarly, the Video Embed window also has Responsive Video set by default which allows the video to adapt to the size of the screen used by the audience. This too can be deselected if required.

    For instructions on how to do this, please refer to the Quick Reference Guide to Editing my Research.

    To delete the video

    1. Go into your window editor
    2. Click on the image of the video and use the Delete key on your keyboard
  • Google ranking and Researcher Profiles

    Google ranks search results in a number of ways including the age of the website, views/visits and links from other websites. The more established the page, the higher it will be on the google rankings. Therefore if your Researcher Profile is new, it won’t have yet have the ‘traffic’ to raise it up the rankings. Don’t worry this will occur over time.

    If you would like to improve your Google ranking of your Researcher Profile, we recommend the following by Researchers:

    1. Request your local/community website content administrator to update Faculty, School, Institute, Research Group site to direct link to your Researcher Profile URL (
    2. Update your link on external websites such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Scopus, Web of Science, ORCiD, Academia, Mendeley, Arxiv, figshare, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc to make reference to your new Researcher Profile.

    Over time your Researcher Profile page will be re-indexed by Google and therefore will improve your Researcher Profile Google ranking.