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Strategic Objectives

How we will deliver our strategy

The overarching aim of our Research Culture Strategy is to enable more University of Leeds (UoL) colleagues to produce leading research inclusively, equitably, openly, and supportively. We will focus our efforts on four strategic objectives (SO) that have been determined by consultation across our research community; different disciplines, career stages, backgrounds, and job families, via our inclusive research culture cafes, committee discussions, and an in-depth external analysis of a 2021 University-wide survey.

Our strategic objectives

Our strategic objectives will be delivered through an action plan spanning the five years of the Research Culture Strategy. Each objective is linked to several centralised projects led and monitored by the Research Culture Team. Our projects include a mix of quicker wins for momentum and engagement, some slower-burn, longer-term ambitions, and space to respond to unforeseen opportunities. They are designed to enable us to evidence (in diverse and inclusive ways) our efforts, progress, and failures as we proceed. Projects updates will be shared and progress will be reviewed annually through the Research Culture Steering Group.

Strategic Objective 1: Valuing diverse forms of research activity

Ensuring that everyone is appropriately recognised, rewarded, and valued for their contributions.

Strategic Objective 2: Embedding EDI principles in research practices

Extending the University’s current commitments to EDI across our institutional research leadership and embedding it across our research lifecycle.

Strategic Objective 3: Enabling open research practices 

Open research practices strive for collaborative working, sharing, and openness throughout the entire research cycle to enable transparency, reproducibility and the reduction of inequalities whilst maximising the reach of our research.

Strategic Objective 4: Mutually supporting and developing research teams.

Ensuring that our research teams can fulfil their potential by creating environments that support professional development.