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As a technology university with over 50 years of research experience our mission is to create knowledge through research. We apply this knowledge for the benefit of society, tackling the major global challenges of our age. 96% of our research was rated world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

Research is an important part of scholarly activity at Bradford, indeed one of the great benefits to undergraduate students at Bradford is that they are taught by research active staff passionate about sharing the new knowledge they generated to students. The ethos of a scholarly community espoused is alive within Bradford Glasgow, therefore the development of early career researchers, as well as supporting established readers and professors, is an important aspect of Bradford’s research strategy.

Responsible use of research metrics

The University of Bradford, as a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), is committed to the responsible use of research metrics. DORA reflects the University’s values, and by signing up to DORA, we demonstrate to our researchers that we value the quality and content of their research regardless of how and where it is published. As a signatory of DORA, the University of Bradford commits to:

- avoiding journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles

- being explicit about the criteria used to reach hiring and promotion decisions and foregrounding the scientific content of a paper

- considering the value and impact of all research outputs and a broad range of impact measures.


The Graduate School is central to Bradford Glasgow’s activities and is charged with:

- Promoting high quality research and postgraduate education on campus and through distance learning

- Disseminating and promoting best practice in all areas of postgraduate education

- Monitoring and reviewing postgraduate research programmes to ensure high completion rates for research students

- Ensuring the University makes suitable provision for postgraduate students in terms of academic and pastoral accommodation.


The Graduate School is led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Scholarship.

They work with members of the Research Committee and other colleagues across the University to develop and implement the University’s research strategy as well as promoting and delivering academic and support services for postgraduate research students. Additionally, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Scholarship provides the main contact point between the University and relevant external bodies such as GuildHE, CREST, MURG, etc.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Scholarship is supported by the Postgraduate Research Coordinator, who assists in formulating and implementing policies and procedures relating to postgraduate research students as well as monitoring their progress in line with the validating partner institution’s regulations and codes of practice.

The Research Office Administrator provides administrative support for the School’s day-to-day activities, including maintenance of student records for continuing postgraduate research students, processing Research Ethics applications, applications for funding to present at conferences and Research Excellence Framework related funding.


The Graduate School is made up of the following:

1. The Postgraduate Research Students

2. The Research Centres:

- Children, Young People and Family Research Centre

- Bradford Humanities Research Centre

- Bradford Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

- NILE – Bradford Institute of Leadership in Education

- Sport, Physical Activity and Health Research Centre

3. The Research Excellence Framework Units of Assessment:

- Education

- English Language and Literature

- History

- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

- Social Work and Social Policy

- Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

- Theology and Religious Studies

The Graduate School’s main functions include preparation and submissions of research outputs to the Research Excellence Framework and to manage the staff research seminars and workshops.


Bradford Glasgow is an organisational member of Vitae, the global leader in the professional development of researchers. Vitae works with institutions striving for excellence in development and career support for research staff and students.

The Vitae website ( has a wealth of resources and advice tailored specifically to you as a researcher, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia. All our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website as part of our subscription as long as you are registered with your organisational email address.

Vitae is managed by CRAC, a not-for-profit organisation with 45 years’ experience in enhancing the skills and careers of researchers.

Vitae’s most popular resources for researchers include CV examples, advice on pursuing an academic career, the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (of knowledge and skills) and completing a doctorate. Register now using your institutional email address.