Supporting research

Supporting research | Leeds University Business School | University of Leeds

We are committed to supporting and developing our researchers at all stages of their career. Our aim is to attract researchers with the potential to achieve excellence in research and to contribute to a vibrant and productive environment, strengthened through established research centres and divisions.

Developing researchers

We undertake interdisciplinary research and collaborate with other universities and industry through long-term partnerships. Our visiting scholars contribute knowledge and expertise from a national and international perspective through delivery of workshops, leading expert seminars, collaborating with our researchers on joint publications and external funding applications. At Leeds University Business School, researchers are:

Training and professional development

Our researchers have access to many development programmes which are offered by the Business School and through the University and external providers. 

The Business School’s Researcher Training and Professional Development programme regularly runs events and seminars with globally-recognised academics.

The programme includes:

  • Publishing workshops with journal editors
  • Structured writing retreats
  • Lunchtime editor sessions
  • Distinguished speaker series.

The Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI)

The Business School is a founding member of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI) - a network of 18 business and management schools in the north of England who collaborate to provide advanced methods and subject training for postgraduate and early career researchers. 

The network engages with world-class scholars to provide a programme of events, seminars, retreats and conferences and operates through the significant commitment and contribution of its members.

Organisation Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL)

Our Organisation Development and Professional Learning unit and Researcher Training Hub are dedicated to offering training courses which cover a wide range of topics and skills including:

  • Professionalisation
  • Communications skills
  • Research methodologies
  • Networking
  • Career management

Support for your research

The Faculty Research and Innovation Office supports various aspects of researcher development including:

  • Dedicated support for external funding applications and support for the Faculty’s portfolio of external research grants (this includes financial support and also support for communications and impact)
  • Access to financial support for research activities such as conference attendance, international collaborations, journal submission, and impact and research engagement support
  • Bringing together interdisciplinary researchers through the annual Festival of Ideas and a full programme of research events across the School and University
  • Engaging with businesses and policy-makers through the Faculty’s Ideas in Practice seminars series and Nexus, an innovation hub that connects businesses to academic expertise and facilities across the University
  • Developing external partnerships through consultancy
  • Developing effective communication channels to showcase research activity, including the Research and Innovation Blog
  • Recognising and celebrating success.

Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas is an annual event, bringing together academia and industry for a day of talks and discussion where Business School academics share their expertise and highlight where they see potential for collaboration. In 2019, we were delighted to deliver this year's Festival in partnership with Nexus, enabling businesses from all sectors to connect with the expertise, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds.