Researcher Support - University of Portsmouth

Researcher Support

Providing support to our staff undertaking research and innovation at the University

We provide our research and academic staff with professional skills and career development workshops and events. Below is a list of the events and workshops we offer as well as additional support and mentoring opportunities.

Research and Innovation Staff Development Programme

The Research and Innovation Staff Development Programme is currently in development, but please check back here for a list of updated events before the start of the new academic year.


Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research Update Session

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice

Research Impact for REF

Media Promotion and Social Media for Research

Progressing Your Research and Innovation Career

Strategies for Research and Innovation Success

Identifying and Engaging Stakeholders for Impact

Applying for Reader or Professor

Information sessions

Exploring Collaborations and Partnerships

Understanding Intellectual Property

Introduction to the Research and Innovation Landscape

Research Data Management

British Academy Small Grants for Humanities and Social Sciences

Understanding Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) for Funding Bids

Opportunities for International Collaborations

Networking events

Researchers’ Network Lunch

Informal network for staff up to Reader. The Network has an active Google+ community page and holds a networking lunch each term. 


The Research and Innovation Support Staff Network is for non-academic staff that work in this area. Networking lunches on different topics are held throughout the year alongside a Google+ group.


University of Portsmouth staff may have opportunities for mentoring available to them through their Departments and Faculties but staff can also register with the institution’s SUMAC mentor matching system.

Additional support for Research Staff

Research staff on contracts can access 1-2-1 coaching to discuss their development or career plans. For information email

The NIHR Research Design Service

If you are applying for funding for health or social care related research, your local office of the NIHR Research Design Service in the South central region can help you. We support applications to charities, Research Councils, Royal Colleges as well as NIHR funding, provided the funding stream is national, peer-reviewed and competitions are open to all. We are a team of methodologists and provide advice on many areas: finding suitable funding, study design including methodological expertise, building a research team, advice on writing a compelling grant application, involving public/patients in your research. We can support grants from a very early stage of development through to last minute review. Contact us on, phone x7711, or pop into our office Monday-Thursday (room 1.18, St Michael's Building).

Human Resources Excellence in Research Award

The University has been awarded the Human Resources Excellence in Research Award. The Award is given to organisations which have a robust strategy for improving the career development and management of its researchers.

Four year review 

In May 2017, as part of the four-year review, we updated our action plan, developed new actions and produced a report highlighting the main achievements. To highlight the work of the Researchers’ Network we have also developed a case study. Below are the documents produced from this process.

Original action plan and two year review

In 2012 the University conducted a review of its policies and practices comparing them to the principles of the concordat. Subsequently a gap analysis was created highlighting the support that the University already provides as well as bringing to prominence the areas in which the institution can improve. Below are the documents produced from this process.

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