Research Cultures

Research sits at the core of the University’s mission. It forms one of the four pillars in our Strategy 2030 and we undertake research to advance knowledge and change the world for the better. Our ability to deliver excellent research depends on the research cultures our staff and students are working in.

Our research cultures are influenced by our values, expectations and the behaviours that shape how we support, deliver and communicate our research. It’s our responsibility as an institution to foster cultures where those that lead, undertake and enable our research activity are encouraged, recognised and are working in a positive environment.

University of Edinburgh in collaboration with University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews have been awarded Wellcome Institutional Research Cultures funding.  Our project, InFrame, led by Glasgow will start in September 2024.

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The Doctoral College supports all postgraduate research students, supervisors and relevant staff at the university to enhance the postgraduate student experience. 

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The Research Staff Hub brings together information from across the University to support research staff to undertake their role, develop themselves and progress in their career.  

The Support for Technicians site brings together information to ensure the visibility, recognition and career development for technicians.

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Research ethics processes support high standards in designing, conducting and disseminating research. Research integrity relates to the methodological integrity of research and to the professional integrity of researchers.

Publicly funded research should be accessible by everyone. Openness benefits society by speeding up the research process, facilitating the reuse of research outputs, and increasing transparency and public trust.

The University of Edinburgh is committed to equality of opportunity for all its staff and students, and promotes a culture of inclusivity.

Managing Your Team

Understanding your responsibilities as a manager and developing your management skills and can help improve the research culture in your team. Below are links to training, tips and advice.

Research Cultures in Research Funding Bids

Research funders are increasingly asking for information on how research teams are supporting positive research environments and cultures. Below are links, tips and advice.