What is Research Culture at the University of Glasgow?

A 'research culture' is the collective result of the way we think and feel and act, the choices we make and the way we behave towards each other, within our research institutions. It is also a product of how we engage and interact with others in our global research fields, interpersonally, or through the research discoveries and outputs we produce. Our Research Culture is strongly driven by the way we define, support, evaluate, and reward success in research, and who we recognise as having contributed to that success.

At the University of Glasgow, we understand that research thrives when researchers feel that they are part of an engaging fair, and collegial environment in which people help each other to succeed. We value not only our research successes, but how those successes are achieved.

We have set out our five Research Culture priorities as statements of intention for the way research is done at the University of Glasgow: A positive culture is one in which:

  • All colleagues are valued for their varied contributions to a diverse range of research activities and outputs (Research Recognition).
  • People actively work together to support each other to succeed (Collegiality).
  • We engage with and produce research that meets the highest standards of integrity (Research Integrity).
  • We are committed to openness, transparency, rigour, and reproducibility (Open Research).
  • Through the concepts above, and through a comprehensive framework of bespoke initiatives, we support all members of our research ecology to advance in their chosen career path (Career Development).

The University of Glasgow’s Research Culture Team’s work is focused purposefully on issues that are specific to the way we do research, and the way we support research careers. Our ongoing work to enhance the five University of Glasgow priorities requires us to work in partnership with many other teams and colleagues across the university, and through that to define the boundaries of our work and areas of responsibility. Read more about our partnerships approach here.