Virtual Research Environment

What is a VRE?

A VRE (Virtual Research Environment) is a set of online tools to facilitate or enhance the research process. A VRE can aid with collaboration and communication amongst members of a research group, whether they share an office or work on different sides of the world.

Please note: The VRE service is now deprecated in favour of the Office365 suite of tools ( and specifically the Teams service. This means new requests to add research project sites to the VRE are now no longer possible.

Existing research projects that are currently using the VRE service will be unaffected for the length of time that they still need the service and requests to add users to existing sites will be honoured, but it is STRONGLY recommended that existing projects consider migration to Teams in order to take advantage of the improved tool sets, filespace and easier handling of external collaborators.

If prospective, or existing, users of the VRE service feel they'd like to discuss the new Teams service and/or migration please feel free to contact service desk in the normal way by emailing