Research Culture

The University of South Wales has a thriving research culture. We believe that all our researchers from the most junior to the most senior should be supported to achieve their full potential. 

Our research governance framework ensures robust standards and effective management is applied across all of our research related activities. The University works hard to ensure it provides an optimum environment for all individuals to flourish. You can view current jobs at USW here and our PhD opportunities here.

Helen Jones_ research fellow, Criminology

Dr Helen Jones, Research Fellow - Homicide Investigation and Forensic Science Project


The University of South Wales is 24th in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index,  certified as a Disability Confident – Employer and is proud to have achieved the HR Excellence in Research Award acknowledging the support it provides to researchers.  

USW is an inclusive place to work, with a clear commitment to furthering LGBT+ equality across all of our policies and practices through an active LGBT+ Staff Network, LGBT+ Role Models and LGBT+ allies.

In 2014, we set up the Women in Academia @USW Network to raise the profile of gender issues for female academics at our institution.

Its aims are to tackle the challenges facing female academics, facilitate supportive relationships between female academics to share problems as well as share best practice and celebrate achievements.

Established in 2008, the Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS) is a dynamic and innovative all-Wales scheme that aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women working in Welsh universities. USW is currently piloting the new digital scheme with Aberystwyth University. It now makes use of a bespoke online matching platform that will allow colleagues to connect digitally, across roles, and institutions. The Scheme is open to those working in teaching, research, and professional services, and is inclusive of all individuals who identify as women.


Career development

Academic progression is encouraged whether you are engaged in research and development, innovation and engagement or teaching and learning. There is a clear framework for progression from lecturer through to Associate Professor and Professor.

Research collaboration is an important part of our research culture and we encourage research networking by helping to fund our postgraduate researchers to attend conferences and supporting more established academics to develop relationships with international partners.

The University is engaged with the Welsh Crucible programme, an award-winning programme for early to mid-career researchers. So far, eleven USW academics have completed the programme.

Researchers can also take advantage of the events and development programmes offered by Vitae.

Our Graduate School provides strong support to  staff who are, or want to develop into, research supervisors, examiners and chairs of vivas.

We also run a research mentorship scheme which encourages peer-to-peer support. USW staff interested in finding out more should consult the USW Higher Academic Award (HAA) pages on the USW intranet

Filippos Proedrou, researcher

Dr Filippos Proedrou, Research Fellow in Social Policy and International Affairs


Conducting research and applying for funding is a key element to being a researcher. 

We have a dedicated team to provide professional advice and guidance when applying for external research funding. 

The team can work with you at all stages from helping to form a project idea and finding the most suitable funding source to negotiating with the funder and signing contracts.  We can:

  • Help you identify suitable sources of funding and prepare a competitive proposal
  • Help you identify the human resources you will need to deliver your research
  • Ensure the eligibility of your activity for a particular funding stream
  • Provide a Full Economic Costing
  • Ensure the eligibility of your budget
  • Proof read your bid and provide a sense check
  • Liaise with funders and partners on your behalf
  • Guide you through internal approval process (EFAS) to ensure that your bid is fully supported by the University
  • Help you through the contracting stage when your project is successful.

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Open Access

We are committed to supporting Open Access research and support a preferred Green open access publishing route, via our research repository.

The benefits of open access for researchers are widely recognised. It enables your research to be disseminated quickly and widely allowing greater visibility, increased citations and the stimulation of new opportunities and collaborations. More information is available in our Open Access policy and quick guide.

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