Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Research Culture

Research Culture

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Research Culture at Newcastle University

People and culture are at the heart of our Research Strategy. Having a positive research culture is really important: the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research community impacts on how we do research and the wider benefits it can bring. We’re fully committed to building a welcoming and empowering research culture where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to succeed, and that recognises everyone’s varied contributions to research, fuel peoples’ passions and creativity, and support diverse career aspirations.

Our vision for a positive research culture is based on what our research community tells us is important for them. Our postgraduate researchers, academics and professional services colleagues have identified four attributes that we feel define a positive research culture here at Newcastle University: collaboration and collegiality, the freedom to grow and explore, fairness and inclusion, and openness and integrity. We already promote a positive research culture through our Research Strategy, for example, by improving interdisciplinary networking and collaborations through new cross-Faculty Newcastle Centres of Research Excellence (NUCoREs). We are now building on these, and are developing an institutional Research Culture Action Plan that will focus on nurturing people and strengthening our culture over the next 5 years. You can find out more about what we’re doing in our Research Culture at Newcastle University: The Road Ahead document, which maps out our commitment, vision and current plans.

Of course, research culture change involves and belongs to everyone, including our NUAcT Fellows! We ask about how people would contribute towards a positive culture as part of our application process and looking for people who share our aspirations and values. We hope very much that you will see ways to bring new ideas and perspectives to enhancing the research environment, and benefit from a culture that nurtures peoples’ talents and increases the quality and reach of our research.

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