Research Services 2019

Research services are here to support UCLan academics with their research careers during their time at UCLan.

Our skilled and knowledgeable staff provide a professional, effective and holistic offering for staff to support them in their research journey, from ideas, training, funding, dissemination and governance.

The service comprises 5 units :

Grants and Funding Unit

Grants and Funding Unit (GFU)

Provides support to academics from the point at which they have research ideas and are looking for funding, through identifying funding opportunities, development of proposals (including their costing and pricing), the internal approval process for submission and submission to the funders.  When funding is awarded the team liaises with academics and the funder and works with the Contract team in Legal Services to ensure the contract for the project is negotiated and signed.  The GFU supports the academic throughout the project as a critical friend to ensure that the project is delivered, on time, to budget and to contract.  The GFU supports all proposals where external funding is sought, so as well as supporting applications to research funders e.g. RCUK, NIHR, British Academy, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust; the Unit also provides support for applying for, or receiving funding from industries and charities.  This does not have to be for research work, activities which involve consultancy work, offering a testing and analysing service, or the offer of training e.g. CPD, are also supported by the GFU.

Gillian Chew: Grants and Funding Manager

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Ethics and Integrity Unit

Ethics and Integrity Unit (EIU)

The EIU design, develop, manage and operate all ethical and research integrity protocols on behalf of the university.  Further details of the Ethics process are available here with full details of the ethics process, together with copies of relevant forms e.g. application forms and checklists available at the Student Portal:Ethics.

Over the next few months, the Ethics and Integrity Unit will be formed into the Research Governance Unit which will oversee the processes and systems associated with research ethics requirements and approval and research integrity.  It will also be the home for operational activities to support the bio resource and human tissue work.  A number of new posts will be required for this development.

Details of training requirements for researchers working in the areas of bio resource. human tissue or clinical trials (e.g. GCP, etc) are provided on the Staff Intranet: RDU/EIU.

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Research Excellence Unit

Research Excellence Unit (REU)

This new team supports the University in delivering the REF2021 submission and Research Strategic initiatives.  There will also be capacity and a service offered around research metrics and benchmarking activities, as well as standard management information to track the work and achievements around the research agenda. This team also supports the impact agenda and the university is rolling out the use of the Vertigo Ventures Impact Tracker software to support this area.

Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

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Researcher Development Unit

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)

The Researcher Development Unit  – RDU – works to support the Research Services’ objective of providing opportunities for all academic staff, at whatever level, to engage with and develop their research potential. The RDU is responsible for the organisation of training for research staff.  Training can be booked via the Researcher Development web portal or I-Trent.  For further information about the RDU Development  Web Portal, please contact Trudi Emmens (Research Training Coordinator) e-mail

Carol Walton: Researcher Development Lead

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Scholarly Communications Unit

Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)

The SCU provides university support around Research Data Management (RDM) through UCLan Data, Open Access, the university repository CLoK, and the implementation of the ORCID identifier.  A range of support materials for scholarly communications can be found on the Research Services webpages.

Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

Email for further details.