Success at Research Support Services Conference

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The Research Support Services Conference 2023 provided a space where research support colleagues from all parts of the University could learn, share and network.

The event took place last October and brought together 300 of the University’s professional services colleagues who enable researchers’ work.

On the day, 65 colleagues from across the University ran 30 sessions. These were focused on three areas: developing and improving research support services; developing your technical knowledge of research support; and panels focusing on careers in research support.

Colleagues from across the University research support community shared their insights, expertise and best practice in a wide variety of presentations and workshops including: Research Funding and Finance at the University of Edinburgh and how it all works; Research Information Management Systems; Co-Design in Action; Supporting Researchers to win EPSRC Grants in the School of Engineering and the CAHSS Research Office Induction Programme.

Professor Christina Boswell shared details about the University’s new Research and Innovation Strategy and what it means for the University Research Support Community. Three of our inspiring academic colleagues shared stories about their research, with participants sharing that they particularly enjoyed hearing about the projects and research the University supports.

One participant said: “It was a really good day and inspiring to see so many of those that support research across the University, to catch up with old and new colleagues from across the University, and gain insights into areas that you don’t normally have a chance to have much understanding of.”

The conference was organised by a cross-University team, led by Edinburgh Research Office.

Find out more

You can view slides, posters and resources from the conference via the conference site:

Research Support Services Conference – Home (

Over the coming months, the Edinburgh Research Office will also be publishing a series of blog posts reflecting on the conference and capturing various highlights from sessions:

Edinburgh Research Office Blog | Research Support Services Conference

The 2024 conference takes place in October this year. If you want to get involved, please reach out to the team by emailing: