Research Culture Survey

We want the University of Glasgow to be a place where researchers come (and stay!) to do excellent research. We are deeply committed to promoting a positive research culture and have introduced a range of measures to support these initiatives. We know it is vital that we set up mechanisms to ensure that our initiatives are working. We introduced the Research Culture survey as a way of understanding where we are making progress and where there is still work to be done.             

The Research Culture Survey was run in 2019 and 2021. The survey was open to academic (R&T) and research-only staff at the University of Glasgow, as well as staff in Technical and Specialist roles. The results of surveys are used to inform research policies, and their practical implementation, as well as training. Results for the 2019 survey were used to influence our UofG Research Strategy (Oct 2020) as well as implementation of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers.

2019 Research Culture Survey

We received over 1200 responses and 1500 text comments to our 2019 survey. 

Read our report from the 2019 Research Culture Survey: Research Culture Survey Report 2019 (PDF)

2021 Research Culture Survey

We received 586 responses and 884 text comments to our 2021 survey.

Read our full Comparator Report for 2019 and 2021 Research Culture Surveys.

Research-enabling Professionals

Whilst Research-enabling professionals were not included in the 2019 and 2021 Research Culture Surveys, we recognise that our whole research community – both research-active and research-supporting professionals* – play an important role in making our research world-changing. To understand the concerns of our research-enabling professionals, the  University of Glasgow ran five workshops in March and April 2022. In these workshops, we  explored how research-enabling professionals contribute to, and how they are affected by, the current research culture.

The workshops were based on the Wellcome Trust ‘Café Culture Toolkit’ as adapted for research-enabling professionals by a group led by ARMA UK and the University of Glasgow.

For more information on our work with research-enabling professionals, go to: Café Culture Workshops for Research Support Professionals

* We define research-enabling professional as anyone who plays a part in supporting research at Glasgow in any way.

More Information

View question set for 2019 and 2021 Research Culture Surveys

We welcome other institutions to make use of our survey question set but please credit it to the University of Glasgow and get in touch to let us know how you are using it. 

If you have any question about the survey, please contact: researchculture@glasgow.ac.uk