Some recent R-matrix and distorted-wave calculations, done as part of the UK APAPNetwork, are presented. They are focused on some ions important for the EUV and the X-rays, in particular for the solar corona. A long-term and novel project to benchmark atomic data against laboratory and astrophysical data is summarised, highlighting new plasma diagnostics. The various ways in which the atomic data are made available to the various communities through e.g. the CHIANTI and the VAMDC EU framework are also presented.