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Academic development for research and enterprise

The University's Research and Innovation Strategy addresses our research ambitions and aspirations. The strategy is inclusive, supportive and ambitious. It recognises and responds to the challenges and opportunities in the research environment.

Research and Innovation Strategy

Our People Strategy highlights the importance of “bringing together talented people from diverse backgrounds, whereby it creates an inspiring workplace where everybody matters, where they are viewed as individuals and encouraged to develop themselves and their careers” (People Team, 2021). We put research, innovation and knowledge exchange at the centre of everything we do. We support development activities for researchers and academics across diverse roles and at all career stages.

Commitment to career development

We're committed to the career development of all our researchers and academic colleagues, supporting them all to engage in innovation, enterprise, and knowledge exchange.

  1. We're committed to supporting and implementing the principles of the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and improve the quantity, quality, and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy. It's been designed to support the career development of researchers and sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. Complying with the Concordat ensures our researchers are nurtured and supported in their career development during their time at UCLan.
  2. The University has also signed up to the Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC). The KEC facilitates the development, enhancement and transparency of the wide range of knowledge exchange activities performed by universities and other providers of higher education and research. It supports the partnership working with external businesses and organisations that are integral to success. The KEC is being implemented by the sector for the sector, recognising that autonomous higher education providers play a critical role in KE policy and practice. It's developed with the recognition of the needs of relevant external partners, government and funders, and implementation is supported by the UK higher education funding bodies.
  3. The University has held the European HR Excellence in Research award since 2012. The award acknowledges our alignment with the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

Policy and strategy

HR Excellence in Research Award (HREiR)

The University of Central Lancashire has held the European HR Excellence in Research award since 2011 and will undertake our ten-year review in autumn 2022. The award acknowledges our alignment to the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their recruitment.

Eight-year review (2020)

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How we can support you

Researchers are vital to the future of the University. We aim to provide excellent career development support for all our research and enterprise staff, at all stages of their career. We foster an agile, vibrant research and enterprise community through mentoring, peer support, tailored events and workshops. We also host a number of career stage networks and events.


We have a bespoke mentoring programme for researchers, which complements the organisational mentoring programme run by the People Team. This forms part of the University’s implementation of the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. It also plays a key role in a number of strategic initiatives to support the development of staff across the University.

Working collaboratively and supporting researchers and academic colleagues

We support our academic community with collaborative research opportunities, breaking down the barriers that block interdisciplinary work. Our researchers and academics are encouraged to pool their knowledge and skills, ensuring they have every opportunity to make the next breakthrough.

Career Development support

Academic Development for Research and Enterprise are committed to supporting colleagues in their career development. One of our programmes is tailored to new and existing researchers/academic colleagues who require information around, working with business, intellectual property, degree apprenticeships, knowledge exchange, local and regional engagement.