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Durham University

University Committees

Research Committee

Standing Orders

(Strategy committee of Senate)

These Standing Orders should be read in conjunction with the Joint Standing Orders of Senate and Council.

Membership (Composition)

Members 2020/21
Ex officio members:
The Vice-Provost (Research) Professor Colin Bain (Chair)
Deputy Vice-Provost (Research) Professor Louise Bracken
Industrial Strategy Lead Professor Jon Gluyas
Four Deputy Executive Deans (Research and Innovation):
  • Arts and Humanities
Professor Fiona Robertson
  • Business
Professor Richard Harris
  • Science
Professor Stefan Przyborski
  • Social Sciences and Health
Professor Christine Merrell
The Director of Research and Innovation Services Dr Andrew Jackson
Head of Research Development Lorna Wilson
Appointed members:
An early Career Academic Researcher Dr Hannah Bows (2021) (18)
Director of a University Research Institute Professor Steve Cobb (2022) (19)
Postdoctoral Researcher tbc
Durham Students' Union Postgraduate Research Student Representative Sarah McAllister
Four Disciplinary Members (one from each faculty) (Elected 3 year terms): Professor Andy Beresford (A&H) (2022) (19), Professor Chris Done (Sci.) (2022) (19), Dr Yulia Egorova (SS&H) (2021) (18), Susanne Braun (Business) (2022) (19)
A full date after a member's name indicates that their term of office will expire on the 31 July in that year and a half date indicates the year of appointment of that member. eg (2021) (18) indicates that the member was appointed in 2018 and their term of office will expire on the 31 July 2021.

Secretariat

The Secretary to the Committee to be appointed by the University Secretary in consultation with the Committee Chair.

Meetings

The Committee will normally meet 6 times a year.

Quorum

As per University Statute 41c the Committee shall be quorate when attended by ten members or not less than one-third of the current membership (whichever is the lower figure).

Reporting

The Committee shall receive regular reports from each of its Sub-Committees and Task and Finish Groups. The Committee shall provide a report to each meeting of Senate.

Terms of Reference

Purpose

  1. To work with the Vice-Provost (Research) to secure the implementation of the University’s Research Strategy.
  2. To advise the Vice-Provost (Research) in the development of such new research policies as may become necessary from time to time for reasons internal and external to Durham University: the development of such policies ordinarily being undertaken by Task and Finish Groups with membership drawn from Research Committee and beyond, as appropriate.
  3. To scrutinise as necessary new policies for research.
  4. To maintain, support and develop a best in sector research environment. This includes promoting the appropriate adoption of innovations in research delivery, design, impact, external communications, management and support, particularly in relation to process, technologies, equipment, partnership and the dissemination of good practice.
  5. To promote and monitor strategic links between the University and research funders, research users, and research partners, thereby maximising the impact of its research nationally and globally, in the context of the University’s research strengths and priorities.
  6. To provide assurance to the Univeristy Executive, Senate and Council of the management of the University’s research portfolio; particularly its research grant income performance. To support and co-ordinate relevant responses to external consultations and returns.
  7. To oversee the development of a changing portfolio of high quality research programmes and institutes.
  8. To support and promote equality and diversity in all its activities.

Scope

  1. Research Committee is directly responsible for all staff research, funded research and for the broader research environment for student research.
  2. Quality and standards: to advise the Univeristy Executive, Senate and Council on the University’s compliance with regulatory requirements and on its performance, inter alia, against relevant concordats and the Research Excellence Framework.
  3. Research degrees: to monitor the environment, experience and outcomes of research students not reserved to Education Committee.

Effectiveness

To review on an annual basis the effectiveness of the Committee against its Terms of Reference. Any changes will be proposed in a report delivered to Senate at the end of the academic year.

Powers

To set up Task and Finish Groups as necessary to expedite the Committee’s business and to develop new policies under the leadership of the Vice-Provost (Research).

Sub Committees

  • REF Strategy Committee
  • Research Management Committee
  • Faculty Research Committees