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University Committees

Research Management Committee

(A Sub-Committee of the Research Committee)

Standing Orders

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


The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The Dean and Deputy to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Chair)
The Deputy Heads of Faculty for Research
The Director of Research and Innovation Services
The Director of Strategic Planning
The Librarian (or their nominee)
The Chief Information Officer (or their nominee)
Head of Partnerships & Engagement in R&IS
Dean of Knowledge Exchange
The Director of Marketing and Communication
The Director of Cultural Engagement
The Deputy Head of Colleges for Research and Scholarship

(Member in italics will be invited for relevant items and receive committee documents).


The Secretary will normally be a member of Research and Innovation Services


The Sub-Committee shall normally meet 6 times a year.


The Research Management Committee will ensure the implementation of strategic decisions made by Research Committee and the REF Strategy Group. It will advise Research Committee on strategic issues emerging from research reviews and the periodic departmental reviews; report on strategic patterns and issues in research grant capture; consider ways to enhance the academic impact of research including methods of reaching non-traditional audiences; support engagement activates; develop policies to enhance Durham as a venue for academic conferences and meetings and as a host institution for fellowships.

Terms of Reference

The Research Management Committee shall

a) monitor and report to Research Committee on progress with implementation of policies andstrategies agreed at Research Committee or which support the Research Strategy;

b) develop, monitor and review research governance arrangements and related activities such astraining and skills development for researchers;

c) monitor, support and report on compliance with external sector concordats, standards andpolicies, particularly where these support income and reputation e.g. Open Access;

d) manage and oversee all central development funds (including RIF and Seedcorn), includingdecision, distribution, audit and evaluation against stated aims;

e) review Departmental and Institute research practices and support structures in order topromulgate best practice, and report any strategic issues to Research Committee, includingrecommendations on continuing URIs and on faculty reviews of Research Centres;

f) monitor and consider grant award and income data for faculties and departments, and reportany strategic issues to Research Committee;

g) consider strategic issues arising from Faculty Research Committees, and identify andrecommend to Research Committee good practice in managing, promoting and resourcingresearch;

h) receive updates on the University’s Research Information Systems, their performance,development, suitability, policy and operation. Including Library repository, Data catalogues andRASS systems;

i) support and enhance Durham University’s international reputation for research and its outreach,including to the academic community as a venue for academic conferences / meetings and as ahost for research fellowships, and to the wider community via impact and engagement activities;

j) ensure that the University has effective support structures in place for the publication anddissemination of research (including Open Access & Open Data);

k) report on its responsibilities to Research Committee.