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Research sabbaticals 2022/23

Research sabbaticals

The University plans to support an annual programme of research sabbaticals starting from 2022. These will allow members of academic staff to:

  • develop a substantial research output
  • deliver a significant project with the potential to deliver strong output(s) and/or impact activity, and/or
  • develop partnerships and pilot activity as part of an external research funding application

Applicants should request additional resources within the application template if the sabbatical includes international work or a placement with an external organisation.

Staff allocated a sabbatical should be freed of teaching and administrative commitments for the period of their sabbatical. Supervision of doctoral students would usually be expected to continue during the sabbatical.

Sabbaticals will be allocated based on:

  • the significance of the proposed outcomes
  • the planned activity and the balance of ambition and feasibility
  • the contribution of the sabbatical to the applicant's career plans
  • the contribution of the sabbatical to the aims of the School and research centre


The annual scheme will begin with sabbaticals covering semester two of 2022/23. The timeline for allocating them will be:

  • 17 January 2022: call for applications opens
  • 22 April 2022: application deadline
  • April / May 2022: assessment panel held with representation from each School, RIS and HR; allocation of sabbaticals confirmed to be built into workloads for 2022/23
  • January 2023: sabbaticals to commence with agreed milestones and 'keeping in touch days' with Research Centre leads and/or Heads of Department to monitor progress (e.g. every two months starting from February 2023)
  • A progress report will be sought within three months of the end of each sabbatical

This process will be repeated each year, so that sabbaticals take place in semester two of each year.

Please use the template below to apply for a sabbatical.

Sabbaticals application template

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