Research Services

Research services are here to support UCLan academics with their research careers during their time at UCLan. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff provide a professional, effective and holistic offering for staff to support them in their research journey, from ideas, training, funding, dissemination and governance.


The Grants and Funding Unit – GFU Provides support to academics from the point at which they have research ideas and are looking for funding, through identifying funding opportunities, development of proposals (including their costing and pricing), the internal approval process for submission and submission to the funders.  When funding is awarded the team liaises with academics and the funder and works with the Contract team in Legal Services to ensure the contract for the project is negotiated and signed.

The GFU supports the academic throughout the project as a critical friend to ensure that the project is delivered, on time, to budget and to contract.  The GFU supports all proposals where external funding is sought, so as well as supporting applications to research funders e.g. RCUK, NIHR, British Academy, The Royal Society, The Welcome Trust; the Unit also provides support for applying for, or receiving funding from industries and charities.  This does not have to be for research work, activities which involve consultancy work, offering a testing and analysing service, or the offer of training e.g. CPD, are also supported by the GFU.

Email for further details.  GFU are located in Foster – Room 33.


The Scholarly Communications Unit – SCU provides university support around Research Data Management (RDM) through UCLan Data, Open Access, the university repository CLoK, and the implementation of the ORCID identifier.  A range of support materials for scholarly communications can be found on the Research Services webpages.

Email for further details.


The Researcher Development Unit RDU – work to support the Research Services’ objective of providing opportunities for all academic staff, at whatever level, to engage with and develop their research potential.  A full calendar of all events is available under Events on the right top navigation of this web portal. Later this year, they will be extending  this provision to encompass opportunities for all Professional staff also, and will be inviting views on what staff want over the next weeks and months.


For any advice – to discuss ideas – request new training events – invite Trudi to your School or Faculty meetings to chat through the opportunities available, please contact her on or call the office on 01772 893486/892992.  RDU are located in Foster 33 – Basement Office.



Within the Research Excellence Unit, REU –  this new team supports the University in delivering the REF2021 submission and Research Strategic initiatives.  There will also be capacity and a service offered around research metrics and benchmarking activities, as well as standard management information to track the work and achievements around the research agenda.

Email  for further details.


The Impact Team based within the Research Excellence Unit has a number of useful resources that will be beneficial for researchers.

 Fast Track Impact provide a range of useful tips and tools for people writing case studies, planning impact or preparing pathways to impact statements for funding applications.

The Policy@Manchester newsletter is a good way of keeping up to date with policy related activities going on in the region.

The POST mailing list is a useful tool for staying connected with policy at a national level and is a good way of getting research out MPs and civil servants.

The Research Governance Unit – EIU – design, develop, manage and operate all ethical and research integrity protocols on behalf of the university.  Further details of the Ethics process are available here with full details of the ethics process, together with copies of relevant forms e.g. application forms and checklists available at the Student Portal: Ethics.

The Research Governance Unit oversees the processes and systems associated with research ethics requirements and approval and research integrity.  It is also the area for operational activities to support the bio resource and human tissue work.   You can contact the Research Governance Unit on Ext 4031 – and they are located in Foster 33 Basement office.

Details of training requirements for researchers working in the areas of bio resource. human tissue or clinical trials (e.g. GCP, etc) are provided on the Staff Intranet: EIU.