Membership of Research Institutes

RI membershipMembership of a Research Institute is not automatic and is subject to review. Criteria for membership includes research funding applied for and obtained, quality of outputs and volume of research students supervised. Although a minimum threshold is expected, criteria will differ from discipline to discipline and will be dependent on the seniority of the academic. Emerging researchers will be considered for inclusion in Research Institutes, set appropriate targets and provided with mentoring and support to help them to achieve their goals.

Applications for Research Institute membership are considered by a panel consisting of all Research Institute Directors. Outcomes will be communicated via email from the Research and Innovation Services team soon after the panel meet. 

If you wish to apply for membership of a Research Institute please contact Dr Sarah Theobald, If you feel you have circumstances which have impaired your ability to carry out research you should complete a confidential disclosure for this to be taken into consideration.

Protected time for members of Research Institutes

Members of Research Institutes will have protected time to maximise their research output which may involve additional time when compared to staff who are not in a Research Institute. This extra time for research should be used to generate outcomes which are agreed at appraisal and regularly reviewed.

Review of membership of Research Institutes

Membership of Research Institutes will be reviewed on an annual basis. 

Research activities and outcomes will be recorded via the university’s Comprehensive Research Information System, Pure. If activities and outcomes have not been met then membership of the Research Institute may cease and the time allocated for research may be reduced. 

During initial discussions with academics it has become clear that colleagues who are not members of Research Institutes should not be made to feel 'second class’. New career pathways set out in the draft Higher Academic Award regulations gives a clear set of criteria for career development in three broad areas namely, Research and Development, Teaching and Innovation and Engagement. It is hoped that by clearly valuing activities other than research, individuals who are not members of Research Institutes will not feel disenfranchised.

Leadership of Research Institutes

Directors of Research Institutes have been competitively selected from the existing academic body and will serve a two year term which will be reviewed annually. Directors are responsible for developing a strategy and business plan for their Research Institutes and for setting research related goals and targets of their Research Institute academics via the appraisal system.

The Research Institutes and their Directors are:

Computing and Mathematics
Professor Doug Tudhope

Creative Industries
Professor Ruth McElroy

Crime, Justice and Society
Professor Katy Holloway

Energy and the Environment
Professor Alan Guwy

Health and Wellbeing
Professor Damian Bailey