supporting your research

Supporting your research

We know that truly excellent researchers need truly excellent support. Our dedicated, experienced team are here to help and advise you at every step of your journey.

The Research Development team help to drive the growth of our interdisciplinary and challenge-led work. They support new collaborations, applications for funding and the implementation of our research strategy.

Their primary focus is on supporting major institutional applications. But the team also help to catalyse new research ideas and gather funder intelligence to shape our future direction.

Supporting Research Impact

The Research Excellence Team support the University' s research standards and maintain our vibrant research culture. This includes planning and preparations for our Research Excellence Framework submission. The team also provide support for research impact - not only for REF but also in embedding impact in the University's outputs. This includes research impact training and guidance, and support with 'Pathways to Impact' statements in funding applications.

Staff development

The University provides all researchers with training and development opportunities in flexible formats including workshops, one-to-one or online learning. Providing continuous development and training opportunities allows us to maintain a highly skilled research community. We ensure continued high-quality, robust research by providing research integrity and ethics training. All researchers can receive training on every stage of the research lifecycle - from preparing a grant to promoting research outcomes.

We support our researchers' career development and progression through mentoring and leadership programmes. Our faculties offer training and development opportunities tailored to early-career researchers. These include writing and peer-review training, complementing the programmes offered by Staff Development (and covering areas such as core leadership skills, student supervision skills and understanding the research funding landscape).

The University supports the development of women in academia by offering help through the Minerva Group and encouraging participation in the Aurora Women in Leadership programme.

Supporting research application (inc GRANTfinder)

The Research Funding Office (RFO) is a service dedicated to helping researchers secure external funding. The RFO provides advice and guidance on developing research proposals and supports complex projects. When seeking external funding, we can identify appropriate sources through the GRANTfinder funding and policy search system. We use this tool to assist with alerts and information from thousands of funders, which can be tailored to an academic’s particular research and other areas of interest, supporting projects, collaborations, funding search and bid writing. We provide access to this system alongside monthly training sessions (with 'refreshers’ for existing users), so that users can maximise the system’s functionality and benefits. 

The RFO can support you throughout the application process - giving advice on funders' guidelines, completing forms (e-submission systems) and liaising with the funder (clarifying any issues, for example). We'll also help you with calculating budgets and seeking approval through Worktribe, the research management and administration system).

Support for PGR students

The Graduate School’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme. The two core modules, Research Integrity and The Modern Researcher, are designed to help first-year researchers understand the essentials of PhD study. Students then tailor their further training to their own needs, and - in addition to their doctorate - graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (60 Credits) or a Diploma (120). The Graduate Virtual Research Environment (GVRE) is an online repository of video reflections on developing research skills. And the annual student-led PhD Experience Conference gives students the opportunity to collaborate in designing an interdisciplinary symposium.

Research funding office

The research funding office are here to help you when putting together a research proposal.  The team are friendly, approachable and very keen to give you the support you require.  Please feel free to contact us

If you are thinking of applying for external research funds please contact the University Research Funding Office (RFO) at the earliest opportunity, ideally 6 to 4 weeks before the deadline with a minimum of 7 days for Faculty approvals.

The RFO offers a range of advice and support services to researchers. The team can help source funding opportunities, provide advice on completing research proposals and grant applications and connect you with Research Heads in all University Faculties for pre-submission approvals. It is key that you allow a sufficient amount of time before the deadline of your application so that your application can be properly peer reviewed and approved by the relevant people (HoD/FFO/ADR or Dean) in your Faculty. All applications must be registered on Worktribe, the University Research Information System.


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