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Research support

We are committed to supporting the personal and professional development, career management and planning of the growing community of research staff at Brunel University. The University is a signatory to the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the concordat to support research integrity.

Good research practice is essentially an attitude of mind that becomes an attitude to work. It is about the way in which research is planned and conducted, the results are recorded and interpreted, and the fruits of the research are disseminated, applied and exploited.

Brunel University has achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its efforts to promote the equal representation of women in science-related subjects.

HR Excellence in Research*

HR Excellence in ResearchBrunel University was recognised by the European Commission for its excellence in supporting researchers in September 2011, demonstrating the importance we place on our research staff.

*This is a UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's HR in Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. 

Support and Development

The Research Support and Development Office (RSDO) contributes directly to the University’s mission of becoming a research-led institution and its goals to increase research income, develop collaborations and build a vibrant culture of research excellence. RSDO adds value to this agenda through the effective application of its knowledge and expertise in the field of external research funding and research contract management. RSDO has three sections: Research Development Section; Contracts and IP Section; and, Business Development.

For more details on how RSDO can support your research, click here:


Training and development opportunities are offered in a variety of places within the University, with the Graduate School taking a particular lead in supporting our research staff development. We offer training in transferable skills through our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) for research staff and coordinate information and support through a range of activities, including one-to-one coaching.

Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides training that reflects the national Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), and researchers are encouraged to make use of the extensive information and resources available through Vitae about this and other aspects of career development.

Researcher Development Framework 

The Researcher Development Framework – developed by and for researchers – describes the knowledge, competencies and attributes of a highly skilled researcher. It can be used to help you identify your current strengths and provides a framework for your continued personal, professional and career development.

If you would like to access and use the RDF to structure and record your own development, the Graduate School can cover the cost of individual access. Please contact us for further details.

Graduate School activities for research staff include:

  • Researchers’ network forums
  • Workshops within our Research Development Programme
  • Opportunities for personal and career coaching, including advice on fellowship applications
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities through regional workshops and events

As a member of research staff, you will automatically join our mailing list and will be emailed about activities. You can also contact Dr Tina Ramkalawan in the Graduate School for more information.

Additional training opportunities can be found internally through Staff Development and the Brunel Educational Excellence Centre.

Taking account of your views

Our activities are also informed by CROS (Careers in Research Online Survey) and PIRLS (Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey). The CROS survey is a national biennial survey of contract research staff. The results from participating institutions are aggregated and published in a cross-sector report. We have participated in the survey since 2009.