Research Services and Doctoral College. 

Research Services and Doctoral College


The Research Services Transformation Project brings together expertise from Colleges, Research Finance, and Research & Knowledge Transfer to form an end-to-end service for academic colleagues, in order to; make processes more efficient and resilient, support research growth, maximise available skills to provide a first class service, and deliver on the University research and impact strategy.

Aims for the service:

  • Supporting the full research project lifecycle from inception to impact; ensuring local support to academics from horizon-scanning through research development, bidding and contracting, research project management & delivery to post-project.
  • Providing joint strategic, policy and planning support to the University and its Colleges to build and sustain an excellent research environment for academics.
  • Delivering a ‘shared support service’ to Research Services; Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB); and the Doctoral College for strategy, policy, planning, information, systems, training and operations, maximizing efficiencies while providing coordinated engagement with other units, specifically Colleges. 

Doctoral College project

The Doctoral College project aims are to bring together the teams who support postgraduate research students and early career researchers into a single service. The new Doctoral College team will become a single professional services team, headed up by the Assistant Director (Doctoral College).

The Doctoral College was formed in August 2016 to provide leadership and expertise in areas that directly impact on PGRs, ECRs and the academic staff who work with them.

The aims of the new service are to:

  • Support the improvement in the number and quality of applications & entrants for PGRs in both home and international markets
  • Create and promote a sector leading experience for all PGRs & ECRs
  • Provide expertise, coordination & support for securing & delivering DTP/CDT and other externally funded programmes & industry funded studentships & fellowships
  • Ensure effective and resilient administration of all PGR administrative processes.

Project updates for Research Services and Doctoral College

Next steps 2017 

  • 3 March – close of formal consultation
  • 31 March – publish response to consultation and final structures
  • April/May – move to new service 
  • June - new service structures in place

Please check the newsfeed on our homepage for resources, regular programme updates and information - coming soon.

Who to contact

Tara Studholme-Lyons, Project Manager.