Support for Researchers

Being a Researcher

Information and links to help you understand and successfully transition into your researcher role.

Induction: Get Connected Welcome Day

The Get Connected day is an informal induction event for new research staff and academics, in all schools / colleges, who have recently joined the University. It’s also suitable for new post-docs who have previously undertaken their doctoral studies at the University. 

Aims of the event

  • Discover the support and resources available to you from around the University
  • Meet other new colleagues from across the university
  • Brush up on your networking skills
  • Get a professional profile picture
  • Find out about PURE

Induction: Get Connected Welcome Day

Guide for New Researchers

The Institute of Academic Development have produced a guide for research staff starting a research position at the University of Edinburgh, this guide covers the following:

  • Links to relocation advice from within the University, for those moving to Edinburgh
  • Inductions available from around the University
  • Key areas to think about to successfully transition into your researcher position

Guide for New Researchers

Beginning your research position in Edinburgh [PDF 2.3MB]

Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff

The Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff, and links to the processes and policies it outlines.  The code provides guidance on how the researcher’s employment with the University, the progress of their research, and their professional and career development should be managed.  It aims to identify the specific responsibilities in the management process that fall to the researcher, their manager and the institution and encourages regular discussion at various stages of the process.

Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat sets out, in three clear principles: Environment and Culture, Employment and Professional and Career Development, the responsibilities of researchers, managers of researchers, institutions and funders.  It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of the UK society and its economy.

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

10 days of Professional Development per year

A key commitment in the Concordat is that University of Edinburgh will

Provide opportunities, structured support, encouragement and time for researchers to engage in a minimum of 10 days professional development pro rata per year, recognising that researchers will pursue careers across a wide range of employment sectors.

Examples of how researchers might use these 10 days (or more) to best effect

Research Integrity

You are expected to undertake research in such a way that allows others to have confidence and trust in the methods and findings of the research.  This responsibility relates both to the methodological integrity of conducted research and to the professional integrity of the individuals undertaking the research.  The links below provide information on policies, codes of practice, training to help you research with integrity and routes to report concerns around research misconduct. 

Research Integrity

Your responsibilities as a researcher

Behaviours Charter

The Behaviours Charter gives examples of the types of behaviours which reflect our shared values and is designed to help us embed a values led approach across the University.The Behaviours Charter will help us, as University staff, talk about behaviours in a consistent way and provides a framework to lead two way conversations about how we do our jobs as well as what we do.  

Behaviours Charter