Published on:

21st Jun 2023

Research Culture Uncovered are taking another break

In our weekly Research Culture Uncovered conversations we are asking what is Research Culture and why does it matter? We have just finished season 4, on research careers with Ruth Winden, and were due to start Season 5 on June 21st on the effects of research impact on research culture. However, we are suspending our weekly drop of episodes until the indefinite strike action at the University of Leeds ends.

Until we return we are still interested in hearing what your hopes are for the future of research impact and research culture. To find out more read this LinkedIn article and to contribute your hopes and how you are making them happen go to this Padlet.

Be sure to check out the other episodes in this season to find out more.

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Follow us on twitter: @ResDevLeeds, @OpenResLeeds, @ResCultureLeeds, @HallGed

Connect to us on LinkedIn: @ResearchUncoveredPodcast, @GedHall

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Welcome to the Research Culture Uncovered podcast, where in every episode we explore what is research culture and what should it be. You'll hear thoughts and opinions from a range of contributors to help you change research culture into what you want it to be.


Hi, and welcome to the Research Culture Uncovered podcast.

I'm Ged Hall, Academic Development Consultant for Research Impact at the University of Leeds. If you're a regular listener, you know we normally release a podcast episode every Wednesday at 12 noon UK time. You may also know that there is a long running dispute about pay and conditions in the UK and earlier in the year, we took a collective decision to suspend our publication of episodes whenever they fell on a day when strike action was occurring.

Unfortunately, due to certain local events at the University of Leeds, the local branch of the union has entered into a period of indefinite strike. We therefore won't be releasing any episodes until this ends, which we obviously hope will be very soon. When we do restart, we will be publishing episodes in season five, which is looking at the effects of research impact on research culture and the actions people are taking to ensure those effects are positive.

We also want to hear about how you are dealing with this and what your hopes are for the future of research impact culture. This is the subject for the final episode of the season, and we'll keep the collection process open until the season has launched. Check out the show notes for how to get involved and please do we really want to hear from you.

Finally, don't forget to check out all the episodes we have already published. Ruth Winden's season, which was just finished, was on research careers and as eight episodes. Nick Shepherd's season was on open research and has seven episodes, and Tony Bromley's season was on research talent and that has 12 episodes.

There is also our first season where you got to meet all of us, Ruth, Nick, Tony, Emma, whose season will follow mine and myself. Thanks for bearing with us and I hope to be with you soon.


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About the Podcast

Research Culture Uncovered
Changing Research Culture through conversations
At the University of Leeds, we believe that all members of our research community play a crucial role in developing and promoting a positive and inclusive research culture. Across the globe, the urgent need for a better Research Culture in Higher Education is widely accepted – but how do you make it happen? This weekly podcast focuses on our ideas, approaches and learning as we contribute to the University's attempt to create a Research Culture in which everyone can thrive. Whether you undertake, lead, fund or benefit from research - these are the conversations to listen to if you want to explore what a positive Research Culture is and why it matters.

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About your hosts

Emma Spary

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I moved into development after several years as an independent researcher and now lead the team providing professional and career development for all researchers and those supporting research. I am passionate about research culture and supporting people. I lead our Concordat implementation work and was part of the national Concordat writing group. I represent Leeds as a member of Researchers14, the N8PDRA group and UKRI’s Alternative Uses Group.

Tony Bromley

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I've worked in the area of the development of researchers for 20 years, including at the national and international level. I was lead author of the UK sector researcher development impact framework charged with evaluating the over £20M per year investment of UK research councils in researcher development. I have convened the international Researcher Education and Development Scholarship (REDS) conference for a number of years and have published on researcher development evaluation and pedagogy. All the details are on !! Also why not take a look at

Ged Hall

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I've worked for almost 20 years in researcher development, careers guidance and academic skills development. For the last decade I've focused on the area of research impact. This has included organisational development projects and professional development for individual researchers and groups. I co-authored the Engaged for Impact Strategy and am heavily involved in its implementation, across the University of Leeds, to build a healthy impact culture. For 10 years after my PhD, I was a consultant in the utility sector, which included being broker between academia and my clients.

Ruth Winden

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After many years running my own careers consultancy business I made the transition to researcher development leading our careers provision. My background is in career coaching, facilitation and group-based coaching, and I have a special interest in cohort-based coaching programmes which help researchers manage their careers proactively and transition into any sector and role of their choice.

Nick Sheppard

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I have worked in scholarly communications for over 15 years, currently as Open Research Advisor at the University of Leeds. I am interested in effective dissemination of research through sustainable models of open access, including underlying data, and potential synergies with open education and Open Educational Resources (OER), particularly underlying technology, software and interoperability of systems.