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Working Together on
Research Culture

We have worked in partnership with our community to understand the existing strengths in our research culture, and where we can improve. We will continue this collaboration with our community and beyond.

Research Culture Roadmap 2021

We launched our ‘Research Culture at Newcastle University: The Road Ahead’ in October 2021. We invited people from across our community to tell us what they thought.

We heard from more than 400 colleagues and students and as a result we promised to:

  • take an action-oriented approach with clear, specific actions that lead to concrete changes
  • build an approach that's inclusive, hears from different voices from our community and ensures what we do matters to people
  • better communicate with the community about what we’ve done and what our plans are in response to what we hear
  • engage the community in further consultation activities as workstreams develop, including around key issues identified

Research Culture Survey 2022

It's the first time we've asked our research community to share their thoughts about Newcastle’s existing research culture.

The participants shared ideas for improvements, which have fed into our Research Culture Action Plan.

To tailor our future actions, we analysed our survey data by ‘role’. For simplicity here, we present the overall findings from across the institution, organised by three emerging themes.

Committed to being open and transparent

We are committed to being open and transparent about what we've heard and our plans for action. We see our work as an ongoing dialogue with our research community.

We have developed a University Our Research Culture Index to monitor research culture change across a basket of values-led measures.

We seek to collaborate, share good practice and work with others across the sector to achieve meaningful and lasting improvement.

Tell us what you think

We welcome feedback on what we have heard and what we are doing.

This is just the start of an open and fruitful dialog about building research culture.

What areas would you most like to prioritise and what would you most like to change?

External networks

We are building our external research culture networks, including through:

  • N8 Research Partnership
  • UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN)
  • North East Research Culture Managers Network
  • Russell Group
  • national funders
  • Research Culture Leads at UK universities

We're keen to work with both national and international partners.