Human Resources

Staff benefits

Academic and research staff

If you’re a member of academic or research staff here at Loughborough University, there are a number of specific services and opportunities that you can benefit from.

Whether you have a business idea you’d like to pursue or you’re looking at ways to build your career, all these services are dedicated to helping you succeed.

Career advice and support service for research staff

Whether you need to discuss issues such as end of contract concerns or you just need some quick advice, our dedicated careers service, specifically for research staff, can support you. Careers Network also run a series of workshops for research staff.

The right connections to build your career

Careers Network can provide you with access to a database of Loughborough Alumni, doctoral graduates and past research staff who can help you with your career decision making.

Individuals on the database may be able to help you with information and advice about their profession; an insight into their organisation; or provide advice on getting a job in their area of work.

Whatever stage of your career you're at, contact with Loughborough graduates and past research staff can be very beneficial when planning for your future.

Centre for Academic Practice (CAP)

The Centre for Academic Practice supports the development of our academic staff; research staff; colleagues with a teaching-related remit and postgraduate research students. The team has a broad remit, working with colleagues across the institution to achieve and sustain an excellent quality learning experience for all our students, ultimately enhancing the student experience.

For further information visit the Centre for Academic Practice website.

Networks and associations

There are a number of networks for research staff to join, including the Research Staff Association, who aim to provide researcher-led opportunities, represent research staff on committees and influence University policy, and facilitate and support training and career development.

Events and workshops provide information to members on areas such as engaging with the media, HR issues and research specific opportunities.

Opportunities for you in enterprise

Enterprise is at the heart of the University’s vision and strategy, and academic staff’s enterprise achievements are formally recognised in recruitment, reward and promotion.

The Enterprise team can help you to enhance the impact of your work, open up new opportunities for external partnership and funding, and even provide a business base for your partners.

Each academic school has an Associate Dean for Enterprise (ADE) who is your first contact point. Details of the ADEs are available online at

These are just a few examples of how you can get involved in enterprise.

Enterprise Projects Group (EPG) funding

EPG manages monies received from the HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

This competitive funding supports researchers in creating social, economic and cultural impact from their work and can be used to support a variety of activities including enterprise fellowships, market analysis and business case development.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

A KTP is a three-way collaboration between the University, a graduate, and an external organisation.

KTPs offer benefits to all parties, but as an academic they can enhance your research impact and cement your relationships with collaborators. They can also provide the funding support to cover staff time as well as travel and consumable costs.

Boosting your contacts, experience and your income

Academic staff can conduct up to 30 days’ of consultancy work each calendar year, giving you the opportunity to develop new external contacts which could lead to future collaborative opportunities, and earn you some additional income.

The University’s Business Development Team can provide professional support and expert advice to ensure that

your interests are protected and your personal liabilities are minimised.

Intellectual Property (IP)

If you’re working on something that could benefit others or may have some commercial value, you need to make sure your work is properly protected before you release any information.

The Intellectual Property Team can provide expert advice, guidance and training, and help with your marketing activity, securing funding, legal negotiations and prototyping.

Business accommodation

Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) is home to over 60 organisations employing 2,000 people.

If you have external partners seeking business accommodation, LUSEP offers an excellent base, including:

• The Advanced Technology Innovation Centre: offering rent-a-desk, small to larger office space, and workshop/ lab space.

• Exciting design and build opportunities.

More information is available at