Our research culture
Excellent research requires an excellent research environment. We're working hard to develop our research culture and foster a community of inclusion, support and collaboration.
We're building a research culture you can thrive in
At Sheffield, we're proud of our open, inclusive and supportive culture of research.
It's nurtured and developed by colleagues across the University, embracing researchers and research-enabling staff at every career stage.
Like all institutions, however, we know there is still work to do.
We are listening to our research community, piloting new and innovative approaches, and establishing strategic leadership and accountability to grow even further.
Together, we're transforming our research culture for the better and creating an environment we all can thrive in.
What is research culture?
“Research culture encompasses the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. It influences researchers’ career paths and determines the way that research is conducted and communicated.”
— The Royal Society's definition of research culture
What we're working on
Listening to our research community
We're continuing to engage with our research community to understand the strengths in our environment, identify areas to improve on and create the future of our research culture together.
Surveys, consultations and events
A new steering board for research culture
With representation from colleagues across the University, the Steering Board provides leadership and coordination to develop our research culture.
See how we're leading on research culture
Case study: A new tool for inclusive participation in primary care research
Clinical research should reflect the diversity of our society, but that’s not always the case. Researchers at Sheffield have developed a powerful tool to help recruit more diverse and representative research participants.
Read the case study
Our guiding principles
We aspire to robust, reliable and reproducible scholarship across the research lifecycle.
How we're opening up our research
Career development and community
We want to nurture the development of our future research leaders and provide support and development opportunities at every stage.
Supporting careers in research
Our vision for research
We will advance a culture of research excellence underpinned by innovative training and dedication to researcher development and wellbeing.
Our commitment to developing a positive research culture
We have made a series of public commitments to develop our research culture, and our good practices have been widely recognised.
Questions or ideas?
If you want to know more about our research culture work, get involved or provide feedback, please get in touch.
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