Research Essentials

Introduction to Research

Introduction to the Research and Innovation Office

  • Resource – Introduction to the Research and Innovation Office (coming soon)

Funding and Support

Quality and Assessment

Ethics and Integrity




Research Support Courses:

The following Research Support courses are free and open to all staff and PGR students, and will be particularly valuable to those involved in research, knowledge transfer and support roles. The courses provide an opportunity to meet colleagues from other research centres and faculties, but we can also tailor sessions for groups of staff on request.


What is Research?: A detailed look at why University undertakes research, how research is funded, the external research landscape, research assessment, the future of UK research and the challenges faced. Sessions are primarily aimed at SHU support departments and teams.

Research Support at SHU: an overview of research support services available at SHU including, grant support, reporting, funding and policy intelligence, strategy and governance.

Research Income Coding: This workshop is specifically for Management Accountants and aims to ensure accurate coding of research income through increased understanding of how to use the coding, how coding supports internal and external reporting and sharing of best practice.

Writing a Successful Research Grant: develop the skills required to write a successful research grant application for funding from major sponsors such as Research Councils UK. The session addresses areas such as policy, funding opportunities, grant writing, process, costing, partnerships, peer review and support available. Sessions primarily target early and mid-career researchers.

Research Professional: an introduction to the online database of research funding opportunities and source of internal research policy and practice news. Sessions are available for research groups and support departments who wish to maximise their awareness of funding opportunities.

European Framework Programme: gain an understanding of European Commission research funding, including, European policy, overview of the framework programme, funding opportunities, application process, building consortia, project management, finance, reporting and support available. The UK Research Office in Brussels runs an annual session at SHU but bespoke sessions held by the Research Support Team are also available on request.

Research Excellence Framework: gain a thorough understanding of the HEFCE assessment exercise including: purpose, focus, excellence criteria, guidance, panel structure, assessment elements (outputs, impact, and environment), assessment, results and funding. Sessions are available for research groups and support departments who wish to understand REF and also those involved in preparing submissions.

Research Governance, Sponsorship and Process for Research Projects involving the NHS: understand the Research Governance Framework and research governance processes at both SHU and STH. This session is held jointly with the Sheffield Teaching Hospital and is compulsory for all staff supervising students undertaking NHS-related research.


For information on these Research Support courses, contact Brian Littlejohn, 0114 225 4050.  For other enquiries on researcher development, contact Keith Fildes, 0114 225 3417.