The Academy’s Research Strategy, developed in 2023, has seven strategic aims that underpin the administration, management, and governance of the institutional research environment:

  1. Improve the visibility and communication of research
  2. Increase capacity for research and the quality of research output
  3. Align research with institutional priorities of Belonging
  4. Maximize external research income
  5. Support and enable research impact
  6. Encourage collaboration in research
  7. Develop and formalise research governance

Download the Research Strategy.



Researchers have an obligation to ensure that their research is conducted with honesty, integrity, minimal risk and respect for other people and cultures. It is the responsibility of individual researchers to uphold good research practice, and to safeguard the rights of the participants in their research projects.

The Academy's Ethics Policy applies to all research involving human participants and/or personal data conducted by Academy researchers, or by researchers using Academy participants as part of a formal research collaboration with the Academy. All research that falls within this definition must be reviewed, and research ethics approval gained before data gathering commences. Individual researchers (if working alone), or the lead researcher of a research group, should read the Academy Ethics Policy thoroughly before applying for ethics approval by completing a Research Ethics Approval Form and submitting it to the Academic Quality Officer, Sinead Burniston.