Research support

Our mission is to undertake world-leading research and to provide an intellectually stimulating learning environment that benefits culture, society and the economy. We will be a world-class, world-changing School of Humanities within a world-class, world-changing University.

Conflict of interest policy

Early Career Development Programme (ECDP)

The Early Career Development Programme (ECDP) is University of Glasgow's commitment to developing its early career academic staff. It aims to develop high achieving, high performing academics who will help the University to deliver its vision and ambitions supporting the strategic objective of being 'A globally connected, globally influential university.'

The Programme will enable this by providing learning and development opportunities in all aspects of the academic role; allocating a mentor to provide support and advice; and setting annual objectives which enable academics to develop their abilities and achievements with a view to meeting the criteria for promotion to Grade 9 within a defined timescale. All Early Career Researchers are allocated a mentor by their School, and should speak with their line manager to ensure that this commitment is fulfilled.

The College of Arts & Humanities also provides significant support for its Early Career Researchers.


Enlighten is the University’s system for managing research publications. Details of all research publications must be recorded in Enlighten, as the data is used for a number of key purposes:

  • Publicising worldwide the research carried out at the University of Glasgow;
  • Populating staff pages with publications details;
  • Providing publications details for the University’s REF return;
  • Providing publications details for the Performance and Development Review process.

The University’s Publications Policy also requires staff to deposit the full text of journal articles and conference proceedings where this is permitted by publishers.

Fees for authors!

If you are publishing, you would benefit from registering with ALCS (

  • ALCS collects fees paid by institutions to e.g. the Copyright and Licensing Agency, on behalf of authors and redistributes them. 
  • ALCS deducts a lifetime membership fee the first time you get a payment, provided it's more than the amount they take (£36), and a commission to keep the organisation running. 
  • It is very easy to register your publications – anything in a book (you only need the book title and the ISBN) and anything in a journal from the last 3 years (title of article, title of journal and ISSN). 

Open access

Open Access to research publications means making the full text freely available on the web. This is a requirement of the REF, many funders, and good research practice. 

The library can provide support. All University of Glasgow authors who are acting as lead University of Glasgow author should notify the library as soon as an article or conference proceeding is accepted. This can be achieved by forwarding the acceptance notification and a copy of the author final version (final agreed text before the publisher adds their logo) to

All papers should include acknowledgement of the funder name(s) and funder grant reference. This should be in the format: 'This work was supported by the … [grant number XXX].'

Publicising your research

In the News

The School wants to hear about your work! It has a dedicated Web Editor who are always looking for content for our ‘News’ webpage - Some Subjects' web pages also have a news section.

Social Media

Social media provides a powerful means to improve the visibility of your research and to interact with peers, collaborators and stakeholders. Platforms may include professional or personal blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and a broad range of professional networking sites, including LinkedIn and ResearchGate.

The University actively encourages members of its research community to engage responsibly and professionally with social media. However, as the barriers between personal and professional use of social media can be poorly defined, it is important to consider how your activity reflects on both your professional research integrity and the reputation of the University of Glasgow.

We encourage you to follow and engage with us: check out the School's social media accounts! The University is very active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, You Tube and LinkedIn.

Email signature

Your University email address is a professional communication from an accredited source and as such you should not miss the opportunity to promote your affiliations, staff profile and School (or personal) social media.

We would like you to consider adding the School website to your e-mail signatures and promote our Athena SWAN Award.

You may want to consider including the Twitter site (which has a growing number of influential followers): @UofGHumanities

Add any special interest group or event with which you are associated, or of course your personal website.

Other Resources

The University provides a variety of resources in its Brand Toolkit:

Researcher Development

Researcher Development is a service that works in partnership with Colleges, Graduate Schools and key services (such as HR, Careers, the library and Employee and Organisational Development) to coordinate professional and career development opportunities for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and early-career staff.

Research integrity

As a research-led institution, the University of Glasgow is committed to providing an environment that ensures our research is conducted to the highest quality standards. Central to this commitment is the development of an environment that recognises and supports research excellence. When embarking on a new research collaboration or taking on new staff or students (who may be lacking in experience in these areas) it is important to ensure that everyone has the same expectations for good research practice.

Face to face workshops on research integrity and data management are available through Employee and Organisational Development. These are appropriate for academic staff and research administrators, as well as being highly recommended for new early career researchers.

Research leave

Research leave is intended to cover a range of activities which meet the strategic research objectives of the Subject and School, including research publications, grant applications, and work supporting KE and Impact - and so colleagues are encouraged to consider how the leave period might best be used to enhance their own research, and at the same time support their Subject Area and School.

Leave will be awarded for a period of four months; either 1 September-31 December to cover Semester 1 or 1 January - 30 April to cover Semester 2.

Research seminars

If you are hosting a visiting researcher, or have an idea of who you would like to see speak, please contact your Head of Subject.

The University has a central events webapp, listing campus wide research seminars, allowing staff to see the goings on in Schools across campus. It is intended to replace existing department- or school-specific methods for advertising events which make it difficult for staff and students to discover what relevant research may be being presented elsewhere on the campus and provide a single central location where all such event information can be accessed using your GUID.

If you find a group that hosts a lot of interesting talks, you can click the "Subscribe" button on any one of their talks (or on the group information page) to subscribe to that group.

You can also set up automated event reminder emails which are sent out roughly 24 hours and 2 hours before upcoming events.

If you prefer to receive reminders through a calendar application such as iCal, Outlook or Google Calendar, the system can provide a calendar feed (compatible with most common calendar apps) that will contain all the events that you have marked.

Staff web profiles

All research and teaching staff have an official staff profile that is automatically created for them when they join the School. We encourage you to establish and maintain your profile, which can be an excellent promotional tool to present your research and teaching activities.

Check here for information on how to update your profile!

Research grants

Most schemes assume that the research and the outcome will be the result of collaborative work. Although a tendency has been to give large awards to staff with substantial records of completed research and publications, the funding bodies have developed schemes directed towards younger staff, including the AHRC Innovations Awards, and the British Academy and ESRC pilot project schemes.

Once the funding scheme is identified, please email the College Research Office who can guide you through the application process, including working out costings and reading your drafts. Guidance on the application process is available on the College of Arts & Humanities webpages. Please note that applications for more than £75K should undergo the College peer review process.