Researcher Support

The University provides support to staff undertaking research and innovation at the institution. For further information, please select one of the options below:

Research and Innovation Staff Development Programme

The University of Portsmouth Researcher Development Programme provides professional skills and career development workshops and events for research and academic staff. It brings together nearly 60 workshops and events, all of which will take place on campus during the current academic year, and are available for all research and academic staff.

You can find out more about the programme below:

Research Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’ is an agreement between research funders, the University of Portsmouth and other employers of researchers in the UK. Sitting alongside a range of local, UK and European initiatives, this agreement represents a significant development in national policy to support good management of researchers and their careers.

Through the implementation of its principles it aims to enhance the researcher workforce and thereby sustain research excellence bringing benefits to the health, economy and well-being of the UK.

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.

In early 2015, we have documented our progress and updated our action plan. We have also produced a short report that highlights the main achievements to date and provides a focus for the next two years.

Four-year review

In May 2017, as part of the four-year review, we have update the 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.

Staff Forums and Networks

We have a number of ways staff can meet together, share their views and keep up-to-date. These include our Professors’ Forum, Readers’ Forums and Researchers’ Network. We also have a Research Staff Forum and Forums for Early Career Researchers in specific faculties. For contact information for any of these groups please email and check our event listings for upcoming events.


Mentoring can increase the motivation and satisfaction of both mentees and mentors, with mentees benefiting from increased support, advice, guidance and input. 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.

HR Excellence in Research Award

The University has been awarded the European Commission 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. This award acknowledges the institution's alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.