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Research Culture

Flourish@Durham seeks to make research fun, fulfilling and fruitful for our communities

Developing a positive, supportive research culture is all about quality as much as about the right thing to do. We aim to support our community of researchers, technicians and those who lead, manage and administer research to thrive and develop flourishing careers. We seek to develop an environment that is serious about supporting everyone, enabled through a research strategy that is ambitious and sustainable.
Read our Vision, Values and Actions
Two female staff members looking a research culture mindmap

Our Vision

Flourish@Durham is committed to the cultivation of a research culture that is characterised by respect and care; where diversity of person, career track and role are valued, encouraged, and supported and collaboration and interdisciplinarity are cherished.

Flourish@Durham seeks to ensure research is carried out in an atmosphere of creativity, and fun where individuals and teams feel ambitious about their work and are enabled to achieve their potential.

Our core themes through the Flourish@Durham project are: 

  • Creating the best environment for all to flourish
  • Ambitious in our research and positive in our culture
  • Respectful of everyone's role and investing in our community
  • Enabling structures that encourage collaboration and openness 
  • Research Staff Association (DU login required)

    Supported by Flourish, the RSA advocate for the needs and interests of the research community being well supported through activities such as mentoring, training, CPD, and career progression.
    Staff Meeting
  • 技术人员承诺

    Working alongside the 技术人员承诺 Steering Group, Flourish is enhancing the visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability of technical careers at Durham
    research technician using next generation sequencing instrument

Research Staff Association (DU login required)

Supported by Flourish, the RSA advocate for the needs and interests of the research community being well supported through activities such as mentoring, training, CPD, and career progression.
Staff Meeting

技术人员承诺

Working alongside the 技术人员承诺 Steering Group, Flourish is enhancing the visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability of technical careers at Durham
research technician using next generation sequencing instrument

Developing a Positive Research Culture

Research culture encompasses the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. It influences researchers’ career paths and determines the way that research is conducted and communicated. (Royal Society).

Through consultations and workshops, we have tried to identify the characteristics of a positive research culture in our research environment and establish the priorities for action that would enable staff groups to Flourish.

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Research and Innovation Services
Durham University
Mountjoy Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE

E: research.culture@durham.ac.uk