Research Culture Awards 2022

Recognising and celebrating research culture and impact in 2022

The Research Culture awards recognise that improving our research culture is a complex, challenging process, built on collaboration and experimentation.  Engagement with research culture activities can take many forms and involve many different stakeholders. We want to celebrate all those involved in contributing to research success, on any size or scale. By focussing on the shared challenges, solutions, and innovative approaches, we want to inspire sustained commitments resulting in genuine, lasting organisational change.

Aims of the Research Culture awards:  

  • Recognise and reward teams and individuals who are committed to embedding positive research culture across the University  
  • Inspire research teams by sharing challenges, solutions, and innovative approaches to improving research culture   
  • Empower prizewinning teams and the wider community to scale up their research culture activities and increase momentum  
  • Raise both the internal and external visibility of improvements to our research culture to drive sector-wide change.  

The inaugural Research Culture awards recognise that improving our research culture is a complex, challenging, and lengthy process, and that there are many steps along the way that should be shared and celebrated.   

Engagement with research culture activities can take many forms and involve many different stakeholders. Initiatives for cultural change can be focused at the individual, group, school, faculty, institution, or sector level. As collaboration is key to this journey, the awards will recognise all those involved in contributing to research success, whatever their role, encompassing researchers, technicians, professional services staff, external partners, participants, and others.   

Also key is experimentation, so the awards encompass initiatives of any size or scale, at any point of development. We value research culture in all its forms, whether introducing new ideas, changing how we do things, or contributing to lasting organisational change. We do not expect nominees to go above and beyond their normal duties; our focus is on innovations, improvements, or sustained commitments that result in deep, genuine change.  

 

Meet our Winners!

Collegiate and supportive environment

This award recognises contributions made to create a collegiate research environment, within or beyond your immediate research group or service. It rewards efforts to support the wellbeing of others, creating inclusive teams and examples of inspirational leadership.

Winning project: PhD Discussion Community (‘DISCO’)

Team members: Francis Poitier, Anam Ayaz-Shah, William Goodman, Nichola Jones, Maisie Martland and Dr Rebecca Beeken.


Runners-up: Let’s Bragg about it! How the Bragg Centre forged an engaged community when the world stayed apart.

Team members: Dr Andy Lee, Daniel Paterson, Lucy Leonard and Helen Walters.


Responsible research and innovation

This award recognises the importance of responsible research practices, and rewards efforts to place research integrity at the core of our work, ensuring it’s trustworthy, ethical, honest, rigorous, respectful and accountable.

Winning project: Leading change in the responsible use of research metrics.

Team members: Claire Knowles, Liz Neilly, Alistair Knock, Professor Simon Ball, Sally Dalton, Rebecca Fleming, Dr Barbara Lancho-Barrantes, Professor Yingqi (Annie) Wei, Tina Egan, Jo Squires and Professor Alan Haywood.

There was no runner-up in this category.


Personal development, reward and recognition

This award recognises the importance of developing and rewarding others. The focus is on the often-unrecognised contributions that people make in developing our culture, including those who support the development of others.

Winning project: Instigation of the water@leeds funded Water Woman Award and associated career development initiatives.

Team members: Professor Clare Woulds, Professor Julia Martin-Ortega, Dr Gabriela Lopez Gonzalez, Ann Marie Boyle and Dr Susannah Hopson


Runners-up: ‘Long horizon’ mentoring to foster a supportive, world-leading research culture.

Team members: Dr Alex Beresford, Professor Richard Beardsworth, Dr Emma-Louise Anderson and Marie Johnson.


Open research and impact

This award recognises initiatives that increase the transparency, collaboration, inclusivity, reproducibility and efficiency of research processes to build trust and accountability. It focuses on aspects such as open access and open data, and promoting the use of open platforms for sharing research data, activities, outputs and impact.

Winning project: Opening up data science to solve real-world problems.

Team members: Dr Emily Ennis, Professor Mark Birkin, Professor Ed Manley, Dr Nik Lomax, Adam Keeley, Dr Pete Baudains, Kylie Norman, Robyn Naisbitt, Mel Green, Oli Mansell and Paul Evans.


Runners-up: Creating an impact strategy for the Faculty of Medicine and Health to accelerate the translation process between research excellence and societal impact.

Team members: Ali Quaile.


Equality, diversity and inclusion in research

This award recognises initiatives that make positive changes to embed a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion in research.

Winning project: Championing recruitment for diversity on the LIDA Data Scientist Development Programme.

Team members: Kylie Norman, Dom Frankis, Dr Michelle Morris and Professor Nick Malleson.


Runners-up: Belonging and Success research group – building a more equitable future for all.

Team members: Louise Banahene, Dr Paul Taylor, Katie Livesey and Dr Emma Peasland.

Research Culture Award Categories 

 Our five research culture themes do not sit in isolation from each other but interlink to achieve change. The themes form the award categories, with each category having equal importance. We have purposefully kept the categories broad and inclusive. Although your submission may be relevant to multiple categories, we ask you to choose the one most closely aligned to your work.  

Personal Development, Reward and Recognition   

This award recognises the importance of developing and rewarding others. The focus is on the often-unrecognised contributions that people make in developing our culture, including those who support the development of others. We welcome examples of open, inclusive, or non-traditional ways of recognising and rewarding research activities, at local, national, or international scale.   

Open Research and Impact  

This award recognises initiatives, which increase the transparency, collaboration, inclusivity, reproducibility, and efficiency of research processes to build trust and accountability. It focuses on aspects such as open access and open data, and promoting the use of open platforms for sharing research data, activities, outputs, and impact.    

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Research 

This award recognises initiatives that make positive changes to embed a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion in research.  It may include examples of how diversity has been actively considered in the development and delivery of research activities, where patterns of inequality have been highlighted or how diverse research teams or those with a non-traditional structure have been built.  It may also include the recognition of individuals or teams that champion EDI for their research area or service.  

Responsible Research and Innovation   

This award recognises the importance of responsible research practices, and rewards efforts to ensure that research integrity is at the core of our work, ensuring that it is trustworthy, ethical, honest, rigorous, respectful, and accountable. It may include examples of improving institutional practices, policy development, assessing the positive and negative consequences of our work, and improving monitoring and reporting procedures for upholding research integrity. It also includes how we consider the use of responsible or innovative research metrics, going beyond traditional measures of research excellence.  

Collegiate and Supportive Environment  

This award recognises contributions made to create a collegiate research environment, within or beyond your immediate research group or service. It rewards efforts to support the wellbeing of others, creating inclusive teams, and examples of inspirational leadership.  It may include examples of innovative mentoring schemes, supporting flexible working to promote a healthier work-life balance, or empowering others to voice their concerns and challenge behaviours.  

 

Submit your application

Applications for the awards are now closed.

Application form for Research Culture Awards
Find out more about our partner awards celebrating Research Impact
Go to the Engaged for Impact Awards page