Research Strategy and Policy services

The Research Strategy and Policy office works with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and the University Research Committee to develop and implement the University’s Research Strategy and associated policies. It also provides expert advice to academic staff on research integrity, governance and research impact. The office monitors the external environment to identify policy developments and assess their impact on the University’s research activities.

The team draft and consult on University research policies as appropriate, present these policies to University Research Committee for approval and monitor activity around all research policies to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

Managing and analysing research information

  • Provide guidance and training for staff on the use PURE, the university’s research information system. The system is used to record, organise and make research activity public and as a means of meeting open access requirements.
  • Analyse internal and external data and provide information to enable University managers to make evidence-based research policy decisions.

Research Performance and Benchmarking

  • Provide expert knowledge and guidance on external assessment of research including the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and develop and provide benchmarking tools for academic staff.
  • Oversee and submit the University’s REF submission.
  • Support University Research Committee in the development and operation of internal research performance management.
  • Collate information and create reports for Annual Departmental Research Reviews, for consideration by University Research Committee.

Research Integrity and misconduct

  • Provide professional advice and staff training on research integrity issues and facilitate the University’s academic-led Research Integrity Forum. Ensure University structures and processes comply with funder requirements and the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
  • Provide advice on concerns relating to poor research practice and/or potential research misconduct.

Research Impact

  • Interpret existing sector guidance to provide professional advice and training to academic and professional staff on impact definitions; potential pathways to impact; evidencing, measuring and recording of impact and external developments.
  • Identify and anticipate future trends to enable strategic planning, and benchmarking of competitor activity relating to impact.

Briefing and consulting Chairs of Department Research Committees

  • Through Research Forum, provide regular updates on research matters, policies and external factors, facilitate the sharing of best practice around research management, and consult on new policies and procedures.
  • Deliver inductions for new Chairs of Departmental Research Committee to brief them on their roles and responsibilities.