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Cardiff University Research Staff Association

Cardiff University Research Staff Association

Cardiff University Research Staff Association represents researchers across the institution, and facilitates engagement within the University.  CURSA was introduced at the Cardiff University Research Staff Policy Forum in March 2012.


CURSA’s aim is aligned with the vision - a fulfilling career for every researcher and mission - to empower research staff to take control of their careers and contribute to policy of the UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA).

As CURSA develops, it is envisaged that it will enable Cardiff University researchers:

  • To co-ordinate training activities/career development sessions for other researchers, and provide support for researchers as necessary
  • Inform institutional management and administration on the interests of researchers
  • Influence institutional policy

CURSA Committee

The CURSA committee consists of researchers who have volunteered to engage with the research staff within their school and represent their issues, views and opinions.  Currently there is a CURSA committee member from the following schools:  Architecture, BRASS, Business, Chemistry, History, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Psychology and SOCSI. It is chaired by Dr Lydia Hayes, Cardiff Law School.

If you would like the contact details of your local representative, require information on setting up a research staff association or want to become a committee member for a School which currently has no representation then please contact Lydia at

Getting involved can have numerous benefits to your career and its development as it provides a way: to influence decision makers, to gain experience on committees, to meet high level academics, to help yourself develop academic skills and see how things are done and understand the constraints.