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.
Statement on Research Culture
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.
Our Research Culture Insights report presents data from around 1300 contributions from the 2021 survey The Big Leeds Conversation. It provides evidence for specific challenges in our research culture as felt by our researcher community, and presents colleagues’ recommendations which will inform the development of our Research Culture strategy. The executive summary of the report also highlights some of our initiatives addressing these challenges