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National Centre for Research Culture

About the Centre

The National Centre for Research Culture aims to improve research culture across the UK Higher Education sector, and beyond.

Working closely with key partners and HEIs nationwide, it will serve as a long-term hub for knowledge curation, training and innovative research into research culture.

We are:

  • Building a community of practice through collaboration, curation of knowledge and practice to facilitate improvements to research culture
  • Raising the profile of research culture across the sector
  • Developing and implementing sector-wide initiatives.
  • Facilitating empirical research and quality reviews into research culture
  • Developing sector-wide training

International Research Culture Conference 2024

The next International Research Culture Conference (IRCC) will be held at The University of Warwick on Monday 16 September 2024. Call for abstracts are now closed and are currently under consideration. Registrations are open.

“When it comes to research culture, universities are not islands, they are part of a larger community. To improve research culture, universities and their partners must coordinate, cooperate and share their good practices. To help achieve this, the University of Warwick has established the National Centre for Research Culture, for the benefit of the entire UK research community.”

-Professor Sotaro Kita, Director of the National Centre for Research Culture and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

International Research Culture Conference 2023

IRCC Conference 2023

The International Research Culture Conference (IRCC) invited all those working in research to come together, to foster meaningful conversations and relationships. The conference attracted nearly 400 delegates. The session recordings and event gallery are now available to view.

Research Culture Enablers Network


The Research Culture Enablers Network (RCEN) has been created as a solutions-focused group designed to exchange, debate, and challenge ideas surrounding research culture, with a view to removing inequities in conversation and engage collaboratively in opportunities to identify gaps, create new knowledge and effect change. Find out more about the network.

NCRC Conversation Series

Work with us

Working closely with partners across the sector, we are very keen to hear about and collaborate on research culture initiatives from across the sector.

We have recently launched a regular series of online research culture events. Find out more about how to attend, or present your research culture work.

Research on research culture

We carry out research on research culture in partnership with the Doctoral Education and Academia Research Centre.


The PATHWAY Programme

We're working to tackle the under-representation of black academics in UK Higher Education. The Warwick PATHWAY Programme will offer a wide range of opportunities and initiatives along the entire career pathway, and aims to create a community of aspiring black researchers.


Research Culture at the University of Warwick

From improving support for early career researchers, to connecting academics with schoolteachers to fuel the curriculum, hear first hand from the people who are working to improve research culture across Warwick and beyond.

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