Supporting our researchers

At Aston we are exceptionally proud of our researchers, and offer a range of services and opportunities to support them.

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Aston's Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) offers researchers a comprehensive advice and guidance on all aspects of applying for research funding, whatever stage of their career they are at.  The RKE will help researchers to find the right funder for their project and to develop a targeted research proposal. RKE also supports research strategy and policy development and manages the University’s Pure Research Information System.

The REO can be contacted on 0121 204 4223 or rke@aston.ac.uk. Aston staff can visit the RKE intranet site (internal access only).

HR Excellence in Researcher Award


Early career researchers 

Aston is an inclusive research community and we are strongly committed to fostering the next generation of world-class academics. All our researchers’ contributions are valuable, whether they be early career researchers, or more established academics recognised as world-leaders in their field.

To acknowledge the particular needs of Early Career Researchers, Aston has set up an ECR forum and related ECR Development Programme.  Find out more about the opportunities and support available to ECRs.

Training and development

Aston has a comprehensive training and development programme to assist research staff and postgraduate research students in developing their generic research skills. Through our Research Skills Training Programme we also offer opportunities and funding for our researchers to attend regional and national training events.

Library Services

Library Services provide a range of support for your research, including: one-to-one support from your Information Specialist in databases, literature searching, journal quality measures and keeping up to date; Open Access publishing; support for managing, archiving and sharing your Research Data; and an annual series of Research Bites seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels. 

Further information is available at Library Services or you can contact the Library Help Desk on 0121 204 4525 or library@aston.ac.uk.