Research culture

The University of Edinburgh is committed to promoting and developing a vibrant and inclusive research culture.

Our people and culture is what drives our success. A research culture which nurtures and recognises community, openness, good research practice and fair recognition is one that best supports our capacity to deliver world-leading research. The Research Cultures Forum works closely with the University's Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group (REIRG), on behalf of the Research Strategy Group and brings together work on Research Culture. 

Research Cultures Action Plan

Our new - and first ever - Research Cultures Action Plan was agreed by University Executive in February 2023. Highlights of the plan include measures on recognising collegiality and citizenship in annual review and promotions, more targeted support for under-represented groups, and an ambitious plan for supporting our technician community.  

Its implementation will be supported by three new posts in the Institute for Academic Development, to provide careers support for early career researchers, PI training, and a new senior professional post to lead on Research Cultures work.

The Research Cultures Delivery plan was developed over summer 2023 and describes the specific measures that will be taken to deliver the Research Cultures Action Plan.

Research Cultures Action Plan and Delivery Plan | Support For Researchers 

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Research Culture Hub

A hub of resources for researchers based within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine to support a positive and inclusive research culture within the College, the University and the wider sector.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Research Culture Hub


Our commitments to date

Researcher Development Concordat

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

UUK  Concordat to Support Research Integrity

The Coalition of Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA)

Technician Commitment

Signatories to the NCCPE Manifesto for Public Engagement

Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK