Additional support for Research

At the University, research support is provided by a wide number of Professional Services.

Below are the main areas where you may find additional support to specific requirements of research activities. 

  • Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)
    The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) aims to promote interdisciplinary research by combining expertise from across the breadth of the University of Birmingham to address major cross-cutting themes that are important, relevant and timely.
  • Institute for Global Innovation (IGI)
    The Institute for Global Innovation (the IGI) aims to inspire, support and deliver world-leading, multi- and inter- disciplinary research that seeks to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges that affect humanity at a global level.
  • University Graduate School
    The University Graduate School is a gateway to information regarding research student administration.
  • Staff Recruitment
    HR do support all recruitment of staff at the University and they provide specific advice for the type of staff required.
  • Procurement
    Procurement Services provide a cost effective and efficient facility for the procurement and provision of a wide range of goods and services within specified limits of quality and cost.
  • Training and Development for researchers
    People and Organisational Development provide a suite of courses specifically tailored to academics and in particular researchers.
  • Research Data Management and Open Access publication
    Library Services provide a large array of support to researchers including information on Open Data and Data Management.
  • Research Skills Team (Library Services)
    The Research Skills Team supports postgraduate research students, academic staff, research staff and research support staff to become more effective researchers.  They can help with anything from Open Data, to managing references and metrics, to 1:1 personalised appointments.
  • Academic Research Computing
    The Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) is a collection of complementary IT resources managed by IT Services that are designed to help research, free at the point of use for all bar those with exceptional needs.
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF)
    The REF, undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies, aims to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education.
  • Impact
    Research impact is a key component of REF. The Research Planning Team provides full support to academics that want to know more about impact and how enhance this component within research project.
  • Pure
    Pure is an abbreviation of ‘Publication and Research’. It is a database that stores and integrates information on research activity in a structured and standardised way. Submitting and storing research information on Pure ultimately makes it available and searchable for the wider academic community as well as the public.
  • Reporting via Researchfish
    Researchfish is the system by which you report your research findings to funders. The Research Planning Team provides support wih this syetem.
  • Public Affairs and Public Policy impact
    The University’s Public Affairs team provides useful guidance and advice in relation to achieving policy impact from your research, and engaging with policy makers and policy bodies.
  • Public Engagement with Research
    The Public Engagement with Research (PER) Team provide researchers with resources, support, opportunities and inspiration to help them develop new and exciting ways to engage the public with their research.
  • Research Communications
    The Influencial Researcher web pages contain tools and resources to enhance academic and research profiles online.
  • Research at Birmingham
    Read about the groundbreaking research carried out at the University.
  • Health and Safety - Research Risk Assessment
    Research Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plans (RAMPs) are a form of risk assessment that has been developed specifically with non-laboratory research in mind, for example fieldwork or research in challenging environments.
  • Overseas research risks and safety
    Where you are planning research that involves overseas fieldwork, it is important to give early thought to the risks that you, or your research staff, might face, and how to keep safe.


Professional Services