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Working as a Researcher

Research Culture

What is research culture?

Research culture describes the manner and the environment in which we go about our research. It includes principles such as open research and research integrity and practices such as collaboration, co-design, interdisciplinarity and knowledge exchange, along with the environment that we make for each other through our interactions. Our research culture is shaped by our values, attitudes and behaviours, provides the framework in which we carry out our research, and at its best supports us to realise our ambitions and aspirations as researchers.

"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." - The Royal Society

A positive research culture provides the conditions for everyone to do their best research and flourish as researchers and as people, but what does a positive research culture mean for us?

We know that our research culture is not perfect and that building a supportive and welcoming culture that makes the University of Southampton a truly great place to work for our whole research community will take constant focus and determination. On this page and its links you can see some of the ways in which our university and our research community are working for a positive and inspiring Southampton research culture.

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