What is IRIS?

What is IRIS?

IRIS is the Institutional Research and Impact System. It has been developed by IT on behalf of RIS (Research Innovation Service). 
IRIS displays information from University core systems: HR, Banner, KRISTAL, Symplectic.
An editable AAM (Annual Academic Meeting) report can be downloaded.
The “Review and Nomination” and “School Nomination” modules support the review of outputs while the “Impact” module facilitates the reporting of impact and supporting evidence.
Information may be viewed on screen and via reports.
Note: IRIS and the data contained in it should be used in accordance with the University’s IT policies and information security guidance. Appropriate information security awareness training should be completed.

What do I use it for?

IRIS displays researcher information from University core systems: HR, Banner, KRISTAL and Symplectic.  The researcher information relates to HR, Outputs, Supervised students, Doctoral degrees, Grants, Impact, Professional activities, etc. 

An AAM (Annual Academic Meeting) and a Researcher report containing the information can be downloaded.

The system is also used to nominate and review outputs as part of the annual review exercise. 

It serves to record impact and the associated evidence/collaboration (IRIS supported the University’s REF2021 submission).

Who is it available to?

All staff in academic or research roles (classified in the SAP HR system as “ACAD” or “RESE”) automatically have access to IRIS.

Users with this basic role can only view their own information in IRIS, but can nominate outputs for review and record and edit examples of impact. An editable Annual Academic Meeting report can be downloaded, which is pre-populated with some information from IRIS.

Additional administrator roles cover the operation of the internal outputs review process (including the creation of reviewers), the University Annual (external) Outputs Review and the management of impact records. In addition, Heads of School for example have access to information for all staff in their School.

IRIS is not available to non-University members.

How do I access it?

IRIS is available at the URL: iris.leeds.ac.uk.

It is available on campus via a wired network connection, or off campus via the Virtual Windows Desktop (VWD). Please note, using a wireless connection on campus to access this system is classed as being off-campus.

Please note, when entering your username to log in, it should be entered in the form abcxyz (e.g. without adding @leeds.ac.uk).

If none of the above have worked or are applicable, please contact IT via the Self-Service website (it.leeds.ac.uk).


A user guide to the IRIS system is available after logging into the system and clicking on the 'Help' link.

One to one/group training is available by submitting a request via the IT Service Desk (details below in the Contacts section).

Further Information and Support

For further information, please see the RIS website.


For general queries about IRIS system, access, permissions and suggestions for future developments please contact ris_qualityandpolicy@leeds.ac.uk.