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Research Office

We provide support and guidance for our research community.

The University is home to a varied, vibrant and rapidly growing research community.

The Research Office provides central research support to that community, from our Postgraduate Researchers to our senior academics. We enable the delivery of impactful research.

The office supports all academic staff in the University to operationalise research strategy and school research plans. We also run a University Research Committee, Research Ethics Committee and all associated committees and groups for the REF 2021 submission.

Research grant application support

We offer intensive support to individuals and teams developing strategic research grant applications. We assist with: 

  • Setting deadlines
  • Liaising with internal departments and external partners (if applicable)
  • Offering associated financial assistance.

We aim to maximise the applicant’s chances of success and ensure we only submit the highest quality bids. Post-award support is also provided from contracting to expenditure monitoring.

YSJ Research Funding Intranet page

Staff training and development

We recognise the development needs of staff vary depending on the stage of career and area of research. We are also aware that a key set of personal and professional skills underpin all successful research careers.
Our continuing professional development (CPD) programme is coordinated by the Research Office. It offers a range of development opportunities for our academic community.
Training is delivered by school research leads and our most experienced researchers. An overview of the 2020/21 CPD programme is available to download below. 
Full session details and booking information for staff are on the Research Office intranet page

Postgraduate researcher (PGR) Research Support Fund

As a doctoral PGR you can apply for funding of up to £500 (full time) or £250 (part time) for the current financial year from the PGR Research Support Fund for the following criteria:

  • Research conference
  • Fieldwork, specialist equipment and technical training
  • Research participation
  • Exceptional requests.

All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Research Office.

You can apply here: PGR Research Support Fund application form

Prior to applying please familiarise yourself with the following document:

RO07 PGR Research Support Fund 2021-22 (PDF, 0.2 MB)

Any purchases made without approval cannot be reimbursed.

Associated documents:

Postgraduate research student training and development

We also support the University’s diverse research community by running events, conferences and competitions which are dedicated to Postgraduate Researchers. We offer training on subjects such as:

  • Statistics
  • Well-being
  • Getting to grips with the writing process
  • Learning how to structure a thesis
  • Tips on how to get involved in public engagement.

The Research Office ensures that Postgraduate Students feel part of the York St John University family and helps them to progress into independent researchers.

Undergraduate research support

The Research Office also supports undergraduate research by running the Students as Researchers scheme. This is a paid opportunity to work alongside staff supervisors on exciting and varied research projects.

Each year around 30 students work across approximately 25 staff projects. This includes networking events and a research showcase event towards the end of the academic year. Some participants in the scheme have their work published in respected academic journals and presented at external conferences as well as the Posters in Parliament exhibition.

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