RSS help

Our RSS help covers:

What are news feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just webpages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

How can I use them?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader (see the 'Related links' on the right hand side). This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your email using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest EPSRC news articles, simply visit the news section and you will notice an orange RSS icon in the right hand side menu.

We currently have the following RSS feeds:

  • News
    All news, press release, announcement, consultation and research story information.
  • Calls for proposals
    Contatins the latest calls for proposals information
  • Events
    All information regarding our latest events
  • Video & audio
    Contains our latest videos and podcasts

If you click on an RSS link you'll be taken to a new page where you can subscribe to the feed. To subscribe, simply click the 'Subscribe to this feed' link with the plus icon next to it. Alternatively, you can subscribe by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer. Please see the 'Related links' on the right hand side for access to these readers.

EPSRC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.