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Research Services

The Research Support Team offers many services to all members of the research community and beyond:

Academic Research Support

Academic Research Support is part of the University's Enterprise and Innovation directorate.

We are responsible for the University’s communications about our research, including the Research Excellence Framework, Impact and Open Access.

Contact us for queries relating to funding development, research ethics, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and research events.

Graduate Research Support

Graduate Research Support is part of the University's Academic Registry.

Contact us about all administrative aspects of postgraduate research degrees, whether you're a prospective student, a postgraduate research student, an academic, an examiner, or an employer.

Career development of researchers concordat

The University of Sunderland is fully committed to supporting our research community, with research-active staff being valued, equipped, recognised and promoted.

We adhere to the seven key principles of the concordat to support the career development of researchers. 

Read the full concordat to support the career development of researchers.

Professional development of researchers

The University is an organisational member of Vitae, the global leader in the Professional development of researchers. Simply register with your University email address and make the most of the wealth of development resources. The University also provides a training programme for research-active staff.

Open Research

Open research aims to make the process of research open to all levels of society, increasing the impact, effectiveness and reproducibility of scholarly research.

The University of Sunderland supports Open Research and encourages our research community to explore the potential of using open practices.

The University has an Open Access Mandate which requires researchers to deposit the accepted manuscript of any peer reviewed journal or conference proceeding within the institutional repository (SURE), within 3 months of acceptance for publication. The University also strongly encourages the deposit of other scholarly outputs such as monographs, reports and practice based or creative work.

The University mandates the Open Access deposit of all PhD theses in SURE as a condition of graduation.

Staff are encouraged to share their research data or code and discuss their needs with us and draw on available support.

For assistance and support with Open Research contact SURE@sunderland.ac.uk

The University of Sunderland Open Access Mandate

The University of Sunderland Research Repository (SURE)

University Library Services

As a research student or a member of staff undertaking research at the University of Sunderland, you have access to a wide range of excellent information resources, and the expert support of library staff to help you make the most of them. View the library webpages for researchers

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