UEA is a research intensive university, with a long standing tradition for interdisciplinary research, an enthusiastic atmosphere and a willingness to explore new ideas, which makes UEA a special place to conduct research.
With our partners on the Norwich Research Park we are particularly well-placed to conduct research in areas of global significance including health and climate change and the security of food, energy and water.
Our research expertise influences national policy and international decision-making, particularly in areas relating to the environment, health, cultural development and the public service.
The international significance of UEA's research has been confirmed by the Times Higher Education world rankings for 2012 which placed UEA in the UK top 10 and in the world top 60 for research impact through citations of our research.
Support for Research Staff working at UEA
Delivering research excellence depends on attracting, developing and retaining high-achieving research staff. Our aim is to support the development of all research staff and to nurture our early career researchers (ECRs). There are 25 Schools of study spread amongst four Faculties. Each Faculty has an Associate Dean for Research who works to support the development of the research environment and who are members of the University's Research Executive, Chaired by our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement.
Your Faculty has appointed a Research Staff Co-ordinator (RSC), who is there to provide information and advice on the support available to you at a local (subject specific) and university level. We have a Code of Practice for the Management of Research Staff which provides guidance to research staff, Heads of Schools, Principal Investigators and other research managers, and Research Staff Co-ordinators (RSC) on how they can create an appropriately managed and supportive environment in which research staff can work effectively in pursuit of their project goals and to develop their careers. The Code draws on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers https://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy/vitae-concordat-vitae-2011.pdf and has been developed from our Action Plan to support the implementation of the Concordat. UEA is a holder of the European Commission’s award that acknowledges our alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their recruitment. UEA also holds the Bronze Athena Swan Award, which recognises our commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM academia. In addition, our Research Staff Working Group meets once per academic semester to discuss and develop initiatives for the on-going support of Researchers.
The University has produced specific guidance on Appraisal for Researchers, Guidance for the Appraiser, along with some Frequently Asked Questions on appraisals for researchers. The University has also introduced Guidelines for Research Managers, providing an overview of the HR processes that will enable PIs and other research managers to be effective line managers for research staff. A document has also been produced to provide guidance on naming individuals on grant applications.
HR Excellence in research
‘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 Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment'.
UEA's Codes are informed by National and European Policies relating to the training and development of Research Staff, specifically the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat details the 'expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders.' It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.
Following a gap analysis UEA developed its own Concordat Implementation Plan, outlining how we support the personal, professional and career development of our research staff, in accordance with the Concordats' principles. In September 2012 UEA was awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research' badge by the European Commission in recognition of the commitment made by the University to implementing the principles of the Concordat.' As a condition of the award a two-year internal assessment of progress against the original 2012 Concordat Implementation Plan was carried out by the Research Staff Working Group, and a progress report produced. The revised Concordat Implementation plan 2014-2016 was used to guide UEA strategy regarding the employment and development of research staff over the period 2014-16.
UEA regularly seeks the views of its research staff and in 2015 57% of the University’s research staff responded to the national Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS 2015). These responses have been used to assess progress achieved with respect to the UEA Concordat Implementation 2014-16 plan, and develop a new plan for the next 4 years as part of the HR Excellence award external evaluation process.
To find out about research opportunities available at UEA, search our current vacancies.
Information and guidance on applying for a Research Passport can be found here..
Training and development
Careers and Employability provides support, guidance and training to make the most of your career development
ResNet is a contact, support and information network for all women working in research at UEA, the Institute of Food Research, the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury laboratory. Women Researchers Enterprise Forum (WREF) is sponsored by the Norwich Business School, Careers & Employability, ResNet, Research and Business Services & UEA Entrepreneurs. Email to join the mailing list.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and was completed in 2014. The REF will be undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies. The exercise will be managed by the REF team based at HEFCE and overseen by the REF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the four funding bodies.
More information about REF can be found on the Research and Enterprise Services web pages.
Vitae - Researchers' portal
Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.
They play a major role in the drive for high-level skills and innovation and in the UK's goal to produce world class researchers and their vision is for the UK to be world-class in supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers.
To read more and get the latest updates and downloadable documents please visit: www.vitae.ac.uk/