We want to help build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest. Current practices prioritise outputs at all costs, and this is damaging people’s wellbeing and undermining the quality of research. Expectations around how research is conducted need to be reimagined.
What we want to achieve
As a community we need to open up the conversation about the changes needed in research culture, and how excellence should be redefined. Excellence should not just be what we do, but how we do it.
Together we can move towards a culture that:
- supports creativity, with ambitious and collaborative working across disciplines and institutions
- prioritises diversity and inclusion, so that everyone benefits from supportive relationships no matter what their background
- produces open research, which is conducted with honesty and integrity.
Tell us what matters
Our survey is now closed – your responses will show what needs to change in research culture.
While we analyse the results, you can still email our team with ideas and stories about how you or others are promoting positive research environments.
We will host events in 2020 to share the findings from our survey, and to bring the community together to find solutions for reimagining research.
Join the conversation on Twitter
Share your ideas using #ReimagineResearch
PhD merit needs to be defined by more than just publications
There needs to be a change in how PhDs are assessed, with more emphasis placed on other aspects of training, to promote a more positive culture for early career researchers.
We hail individual geniuses, but success in science comes through collaboration
The Nobel prizes give a human face to science. But does celebrating individuals risk undermining what’s achieved through a collaborative research culture?
Researchers pay the cost of research
Excellence in research shouldn’t come at the expense of those who make it happen. It’s clear that there are issues across the system that are putting researchers, the quality of research and the relationship between research and society at risk.
See more of our articles on research culture.
- Contact Beth Thompson, Head of UK/EU Policy, about partnership opportunities
- Contact Ben Bleasdale, Policy Adviser, about events and speaking opportunities
- Contact Sarah Rappaport, Policy Adviser, about our survey and research
- Contact Odile Chefdor, Head of Talent and Development, about training opportunities
- Contact Liz Adelanwa, Research Communications Manager, to share stories of people championing change
- Contact Diego Baptista, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, about our success measures