Research culture toolkit

These resources are designed to support research groups, themes or collaborations to reflect on their culture and identify specific actions within the group (and owners for those actions) to address any issues or move towards a more positive and progressive culture.

An inclusive process to reflect and set priorities

These slides set out a process for how you can reflect on the current situations and set priorities (as a group) and use these to draw up an action plan to progress the culture in your group.  

Research group culture reflection process (ppt)


Building on previous work 

When formulating your action plan, you might want to draw inspiration from existing national reports or surveys on research culture. And it is likely that local information also exists (e.g. from your School/ Insitute's athena swan work, or in a REF environment statement, or the results to the UofG research culture survey). A professional body or society may also have published reports, data or statements which provide a disciplinary lense to this. We asked some UofG ECRs and new PIs about their priorities and aspirations for research culture: Watch their videos here.

Resources to support your actions

If, as a group, you’ve chosen to focus on any of the following areas for your action plan, these resources may provide a useful starting point for adaptation to your discipline or context: 

We hope to build up case studies and examples of how this works in practice for different types of groups and collaborations or disciplines. Let us know how you get on with it and any feedback or advice for others approaching this area (Contact: Kay Guccione).