Research Culture

Research culture describes the environment in which research and innovation happens. It includes the ways in which we collaborate, communicate and interact; the behaviours, expectations, attitudes and values that shape how our research is developed, conducted, disseminated, and used; and the mechanisms by which our work is recognised and rewarded.

At the University of Leeds, we recognise and value everyone involved in research.  Participants; our collaborators and partners; academic, research and technical staff; colleagues in professional services; students, and those in many other diverse roles within the University all make essential contributions. Together we arrange, enable, conduct, and participate in research.

We believe that all members of our research community have a role to play in developing and promoting a positive and inclusive research culture, here you can find out more about the work we are doing to support Research Culture, our progress in our Research Culture Roadmap, and how you can get involved.

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Research Culture at The University of Leeds

Our statement on Research Culture is our commitment to achieving positive change. It identifies five broad themes to promote a more supportive, inclusive, and collaborative environment:

  • Personal development, reward and recognition
  • Open research and impact
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in research
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • A collegiate and supportive environment
Read our statement on Research Culture

Research Culture Award Winners 2022

Winners of the University of Leeds inaugural Research Culture Awards were announced during a special ceremony held on campus on Tuesday 19 July 2022. The event was a huge success and was hosted by Professor Dame Jane Francis, University Chancellor, and Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. The winning projects highlighted the broad spectrum of world-changing research at Leeds, together with the significant improvements being made to our research culture, which have been enabled by a wide range of colleagues.

Meet the people and governance groups supporting Cat as Dean for Research Culture.
Learn more about our activities related to our Research Culture Roadmap (2021-2023).
Go to the roadmap
Examples of case studies, initiatives, projects and best practice for enhancing our Research Culture at Leeds.
Supporting open research practice for collaborative working, sharing and openness throughout the entire research cycle, ensuring research is “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.
Access links and resources for open research
Learn about the supporting role that quantitative metrics can play in research assessment.
Papers from governance groups in research culture are available for the University community to view
Go to files


Join a new Leeds Research Culture Crucible Programme, aiming to bring colleagues together to work on projects to influence cultural change within research at Leeds.
Find out about the Research Culture Crucible
The Research England Enhancing Research Culture Fund 2022-23 has now closed for applications. The decision panel will meet in January.
Find out more about the funding call

Resources and Reports

We have created sway guides to encourage researchers to think more deeply about Research Culture and EDI as part of their research planning and proposals.
Access the Research Culture Sway
Read our report to help develop an improved post-pandemic research culture and environment that will not only be more resilient during business as usual, but also during times of future challenge or disruption.
Go to the report
This Sway resource will introduce you to using bibliometrics responsibly during recruitment and promotion scenarios.

Get Involved

Click here to join the Research Culture MS Team.
Join the Team
A fantastic way to recognise and celebrate all that our colleagues have achieved and the efforts that have gone into making Leeds an inclusive, collaborative and supportive community.
Find out more about the awards

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