Enhanced research culture

We will enhance our research culture, building capacity and capability and supporting early-career researchers to achieve the highest standards of research excellence.

Building and enhancing a research culture is at the heart of our University’s plan. We regularly have promotion calls for suitably qualified staff to the roles of Reader and Professor as part of our on-going commitment to the research vibrancy of our university.

Several of our academics are members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, which brings together some of the most able and innovative young academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scotland to develop an influential voice in Scottish society from those who will shape its future.

Research staff development

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The Concordat is an agreement between UK government, UK Research Councils, UK Education Funding Councils and Universities UK.  

GCU has gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in recognition of the University’s commitment to the career management and skills development of its researchers. The HR Excellence in Research Award serves as an acknowledgment of the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

GCU’s Graduate School, established in 2006, provides a wide range of researcher development opportunities for researchers (staff and students) pursuing a research career. CREDO (Caledonian Research Excellence Development Opportunities), established in 2011, focuses on helping principal investigators and emerging research leaders to develop research excellence.