Support for researchers

Awarded an Athena Swan Bronze in 2018, SEED is committed to our equality, diversity and inclusion goals and ensuring that we provide our researchers with a generous range of mechanisms and schemes to support.

Benefits for our researchers include:

Networking and collaboration

  • Strong connections to interdisciplinary research institutes and areas across the University.
  • Links to international and national research networks.
  • Dedicated seminar series with a range of prominent international speakers.
  • Honorary and visiting researcher schemes.
  • Active seminar and specialist groups.

Professional research services

  • Pre and post-award support, including research communications and engagement with external partners.
  • Dedicated support for specialised laboratory and technical research activities which complements and extends wider University provision, e.g. for library, media, and innovation activities.

Research funds

  • An annual personal research allowance.
  • A School research support fund with a dedicated early-career strand.
  • Funds for engagement activities with non-academic partners.
  • Research group funds for away days, writing retreats, and collaborative activities.
  • Annual internal studentship competitions for PhD student supervision.
  • University investment schemes to support large, inter-disciplinary grant development, and Gold open access publications costs.

Research leave and mentoring schemes

  • The opportunity to apply for a one-semester sabbatical leave once every six semesters.
  • Early-career and mid-career mentoring schemes
  • Reduced teaching and administration for early-career researchers and contract researchers.