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Launching the UCL Research Staff Code of Practice

26 September 2018

Researchers are at the heart of UCL’s mission as a research-led university and we aim to offer them a rewarding and high-quality experience in their roles at UCL.

Rewarding and developing our research staff is something we take seriously in UCL HR and will, this year, be a particular focus for the HR team.

In support of our researchers a code of practice has been developed by the Research Staff Consultative Group (RSCG) in association with the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) and UCL HR, to assist individuals to develop their roles as researchers and research leaders and to help prepare them for future career paths, whether within academia or elsewhere. Supporting UCL’s researchers is central to achieving UCL’s Research Strategy and is one of a number of initiatives rolling out over the next year, including developing an enhanced Research Staff Development Programme (RSDP) and introducing leadership development for senior researchers.

The code of practice is designed to facilitate development as researchers and research leaders by ensuring that UCL staff in research-only roles have access to the personal and professional development they can expect from a research-intensive university during their time at UCL. In support of this the code of practice sets out what a member of research staff can expect from their Principal Investigator (PI), their Department and from UCL, together with what their PI and others in UCL can expect from them. It provides the researcher with general information supportive of their career development, including UCL’s approach to research governance, integrity and ethics, key people management processes such as UCL’s appraisal and promotion procedures and also the importance of maintaining oversight of their contract and funding arrangement(s). Links are also provided to the UCL Research Staff Hub and other webpages that can assist researchers with their career development and overall work-life balance and wellbeing. 

All researchers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the contents of the Code and to discuss this with their Principal Investigator. New researchers joining UCL from the 1 September will each be sent a personal copy.

Please direct any questions to Richard Laughlin and Rochelle Rowe in the HR Organisational Development team.