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Research and Enterprise Service

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

The service comprises six units :

  • Enterprise and Engagement Unit (EEU)
  • Ethics, Integrity and Governance Unit (EIGU)
  • Graduate Research School (GRS)
  • Grants and Funding Unit (GFU)
  • Impact and Outputs Unit (IOU)
  • Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Unit (IPU)

Enterprise and Engagement Unit (EEU)

The EEU is responsible for engaging with employers, liaising with academic and professional service colleagues working towards collaborative and positive outcomes. Supporting degree apprenticeships, developing and delivering Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, development and promotion of CPD programmes with employers. Supporting businesses through consultancy and contract research and providing a front door model for guidance and connection to the wider University.

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

Martin Blunt: Head of Enterprise and Engagement Unit

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Ethics, Integrity and Governance Unit (EIGU)

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

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

  • Research integrity
  • Research ethics
  • Clinical research governance
  • Sponsorship requirements
  • Research involving human tissue
  • Research involving animals
  • 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 EIGU has an active role in the promotion of the GCC and development of processes to ensure the code is applied.

Emma Law: Head of Ethics, Integrity and Governance Unit

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Graduate Research School (GRS)

The Graduate Research School is responsible for supporting the postgraduate research environment and culture, having oversight of the student journey, as well as hosting events and activities for the PGR community. 

  • We offer research skills training that is mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.
  • We host the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition and Annual PGR Conference.
  • We deliver a range of research showcase events during the year.
  • We support the PGR Society.
  • We manage the UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Programme.
  • We provide research grants to support PGR research activities.
  • We represent the PGR community at University level.
  • We support research supervisors and research degree tutors.
  • We listen and respond to the PGR student voice.

UCLan’s postgraduate research students (PGRs) each have their own team of supervisors to support them through their research programme. More details about our postgraduate research degree programmes can be found on our Postgraduate Research page.

Andrea Ferguson: Head of Graduate Research School

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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: Head of Grants and Funding Unit

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Impact and Outputs Unit (IOU)

The Impact and Outputs Unit provides leadership and management for activities such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF), Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC)​; and the HR Excellence in Research Award and Researcher Development Concordat.

The IOU provide advice and support in the following areas:

  • Research impact
  • Open Research
  • Researcher development
  • Research and KE indicators and assessment

The IOU supports Open Research, with UCLan research outputs and data freely accessible on our two repositories, Central Lancashire Online Knowledge (CLoK) and UCLanData. We also champion Responsible Research Metrics. UCLan is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. You can read the UCLan Responsible Research Metrics statement online.

The IOU also oversees researcher development activity, including the Research and Enterprise Training Programme, Research and Enterprise Induction, and responsibilities associated with the University’s HR Excellence in Research Award and Researcher Development Concordat. For more information, visit our Academic development for research and enterprise webpage.

Allison McCaig: Head of Impact & Outputs Unit

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Intellectual Property & Commercialisation Unit (IPU)

The IPU supports research-active staff and students in protecting intellectual property arising from their research and in commercialising their work in order to maximize impact from the University’s research whether financial, reputational and/or societal.

If you are a business looking to partner with us to create commercial opportunities to license and develop intellectual property (IP), view our dedicated webpage.

The IPU help protect and/or commercialise ideas and research by:

  • Providing with a comlicensingplete innovation roadmap to assist researchers in taking their research from the lab/classroom to the market.
  • Managing intellectual property from disclosure, assessment, deciding on an IP protection strategy and impact/commercialisation route. This may include publishing, licensing and creating spin out companies.
  • Providing assistance in commercialisation via our R2M programme.

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Local and regional engagement

The Service works with many regional partners on a variety of diverse projects to maximise the region’s potential for local growth and redevelopment through research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

Partners cover businesses and community groups and also include the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancashire County Council and its local authorities. If you are interested in finding out more about our work, please contact Matthew Guest.

Central Lancashire Online Knowledge (CLoK)