Contract Researchers

All you need to know about being a Contract Researcher at Ulster University.

Contract Researchers

Contract Researchers

Ulster University is committed to supporting our Contract Research Staff.

This central point of information that details the training and career development opportunities available to Contract Researchers.

You can also find information about the responsibilities of both Principle Investigators and Ulster University to Contract Researchers.

If you have any questions about this information or more broadly about opportunities available to Contract Researchers please use the contact information at the bottom.

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Researcher Pool

The University has established a pool of researchers who may be used to fill short-term research positions (typically less than 4 months).

Contract Research Staff can be added to the Researcher Pool to be considered for these posts.

Guidance for applications to join the researcher pool is available and the application form to join the researchers pool.

Find out more about the Researcher Pool

Research Mentoring

The research mentoring programme is a programme to support academic and research staff in building their research capacity and capability.

Experienced researchers (professors and readers) will provide focussed mentoring support to academic and research staff within their faculty (whether research active or not).

Find out more about mentoring at Ulster


Staff Training

As part of your professional development, contract researchers have access to and are strongly encouraged to participate with the following staff training programmes:



Quality and REFability of outputs


Improving grant applications


Impact development series


Research Communication training

Doctoral College Training

Contract Research Staff also have access to training offered by the Doctoral College’s Researcher Development Programme.

To register a place on a Researcher Development Programme contact Lisa Thompson.

Find out more about the Researcher Development Programme

Principle Investigators

The University values the significant contribution made by our Contract Research Staff and we wish to do all that we can to improve your career progression.

Principal Investigators have an important role to play in this regard.

You should meet regularly with your Principal Investigator in order to discuss career planning and development needs.

The training opportunities detailed on this page are an important part of your career progression.

The Research Concordat

The University is a signatory to the UK Research Concordat.

The Concordat is made up of the below seven principles. As a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award, the University is committed to supporting researchers in line with these principles.

  1. Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research
  2. Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation’s human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.
  3. Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  4. The importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  5. Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
  6. Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  7. The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

In order to involve Contract Research Staff in a dialogue around aligning with these principles, the University’s Research Concordat Co-ordinator and HR Excellence in Research Implementation Group will hold two annual meetings with Contract Research Staff.

Additionally, there is a Contract Researcher Forum, and forums at school-level, that bring together Contract Research Staff for informal discussions and networking.


If you have any questions specific to Contract Research Staff or about the information displayed on this page contact Stan Neal.