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Research Services

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

The service comprises five units :

  • Grants and Funding Unit (GFU)
  • Research Governance Unit (RGU)
  • Research Excellence Unit (REU)
  • Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
  • Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)

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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Research Governance Unit (RGU)

The Research Governance Unit (RGU) is responsible for developing processes relating to Research Integrity at UCLan and for managing and overseeing the University ethics processes. The RGU is also responsible for performing the role of “sponsor” of clinical research (where appropriate).

The RGU provide advice and specialist support in the following areas:

  • Research Integrity
  • Research Ethics
  • Clinical Research Governance
  • Sponsorship requirements
  • Research involving Human Tissue
  • International Research

UCLan is proud to be the first European university to adopt the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) which is designed to prevent the export of unethical research practices to low and middle-income countries. The RGU has an active role in the promotion of the GCC and development of processes to ensure the code is applied.

Emma Law: Research Governance Unit Senior Manager

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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.

Dr Alexis Holden: Director of Research Services

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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

Dr Alexis Holden: Director of Research Services

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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.

Annette Ramsden: Scholarly Communications and Repository Manager

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Email: for enquiries about research data management.

UCLan’s postgraduate research students (PGRs) each have their own team of supervisors to support them through their research programme. The Graduate Research School is part of Research Services, find out more here.

Central Lancashire Online Knowledge (CLoK)