Research Sabbaticals / Secondments


What is a Research Sabbatical?

Research Sabbaticals (also known as Secondments), support the two-way exchange of staff between the University and its external partners, including business, public or private sector organisations.

What are the benefits of a Research Sabbatical?

These types of Research Sabbaticals are designed to develop new relationships and understanding between all the parties involved, enable Knowledge Exchange and stimulate collaborative activity. They give academic staff the opportunity to spend time at the external partners organisation allowing a deeper understanding of it's culture, how the organisation works, and to really understand its needs for the project. The sabbatical can be two-way, allowing the external partner to spend time at the University, again to understand the ways of working - bringing further benefit to the collaborative partnership.


Dedicated support

Supporting academic colleagues who wish to engage with external partners are the dedicated faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) teams; they underpin and facilitate KE between the University and external partners.

Additionally, leading on the implementation of the Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) strategy and providing guidance and support are the Partnerships and Regional Engagement Team.

Together these teams are in place to respond flexibly and rapidly to requests for support in order to seize opportunities as they arise. These teams can help to:

• support the development of collaborations with internal and external partners for mutual benefit
• identify/validate pathways to impact for your research
• support the identification of and application for the resource needed to develop collaboration and impact activity
• evidence and communicate the impact your research makes
• identify and protect any intellectual property associated with your work.

Case studies

Read our case studies for inspiration on how IIKE Research Sabbatical funding has supported the two-way exchange of staff between the University and its external partners, including business, public or private sector organisations.

Dr Bernard Corfe

"Exploring novel biomarkers of appetite"

The Department of Oncology’s Molecular Gastroenterology team worked with not-for-profit independent scientific consultancy Leatherhead Food Research and the University’s world-leading proteomics group in Chemical and Biological Engineering to explore how salivary biomarker measurements relate to might be used to predict energy intake. Read more.

Dr Katherine Easton

"Measuring health outcomes using TELER"

Dr Easton worked with the York-based SME to give ScHARR an understanding of TELER patient monitoring technology, its development for new clinical areas and its integration into clinical practice. Read more.

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice

Exploring a blueprint for co-production with young children in educational digital game design

Early years researcher Dr Yamada-Rice spent a total of three months working part-time with researchers and staff at the Leeds headquarters of Dubit Ltd, a leading SME developing children's digital play research, strategy and products. She shared her knowledge of young children’s use of iPad story apps and learned much about the challenges faced in educational game development. Read more.