Michael Dunn explains more about our three new discovery research funding schemes, which are now open for applications.
Research culture: let's reimagine how we work together
We want to help build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest. Current practices prioritise outputs at almost any cost. This is damaging people’s wellbeing and undermining the quality of research. We can all help to reimagine how research is conducted.
Making change happen
Thousands of researchers have taken part in the largest ever survey into experiences of research culture.
And through your Café Culture discussions, and events across the country, we've been hearing your ideas for change.
Your conversations have been feeding directly into our work, and we've committed to making change – in how we employ staff, how we fund researchers, and how people benefit from the research we support. We've also announced three new schemes for discovery research, which put culture at the heart of our funding.
Transforming culture will involve us all working together. We want to carry on learning from and working with others to build a better culture for everyone.
'Success on the board' development programme
We are collaborating with Advance HE for the second year of the ‘Success on the board’ development programme pilot. The programme supports people from groups currently underrepresented in UK research governance to explore membership of committees and boards.
Open for applications: 6 June 2022
Reimagine Research Culture Festival
Catch up with the highlights from our online festival – learn about new approaches to improving culture, what's already working, and how you can take on change in your organisation.
By 2031 Wellcome will be an inclusive employer, an inclusive funder, and our work and all the activities we fund will be inclusive in design and practice.
The UK government’s new Research and Development People and Culture Strategy is a big step towards making research culture more open, inclusive and honest. Here’s why it’s time for our sector to work together for change.
[Summary] Perspectives on and experiences of research culture, based on a survey of more than 4,000 researchers in the UK and globally.
Our review reveals high levels of satisfaction with biomedical PhD training overall, but significant levels of worry and uncertainty among students.
- Beth Thompson, Associate Director, Policy, about partnership opportunities
- Diego Baptista, Head of Research and Funding Equity, about how we're working to make the environments we fund inclusive
- Shomari Lewis-Wilson, Senior Manager, Research Culture and Communities, about how we're embedding culture in our strategy
- Laura Mulvey, Research Communications Officer, about sharing stories of people championing change