Fostering an effective research environment

During 2014-15, a series of semi-structured interviews were held with Heads of Department/Directors of Research from across the University, to investigate the characteristics of an effective research environment (i.e. one which supports successful and productive world-leading research, as well as supporting behaviours and practices that are expected in world-leading research environments). The key aim was to identify and showcase good practices which will help research leaders to foster an effective research environment (and thereby also contribute to a strong performance in REF 'research environment' assessments).

Find out what the interviewees  told us, plus case studies from their departments, using the clickable links in the image below

The project findings have been grouped into 8 sections - click on the section headings in the image to find out more about what the participants said. Each section has been split into sub-sections that contain short quotes from interviewees - text in blue boxes gives more detail on particular departmental practices.

NB. It is these features together, not in isolation, that contribute to an effective research environment: the full features of 2 separate departments involved in this project are provided [here]

Key themes arising from the project

- The importance of recruiting the 'right' people (high quality & the right ethos/'fit')
- Focus on development and mentoring of PGRs and research staff, including new academic staff
- Inclusive decision-making structures and processes
- A culture of collaboration and trust - open discussion of research ideas/proposals/papers and providing constructive feedback.

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Fostering Quality Research Recruitment Staff development Discussion of research Departmental Structure Culture Management Doctoral Researchers