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University Committees

Research Management Committee

Terms of Reference currently under review.

(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 (with Faculty Research Committee Deputies acting as alternates)
The Deputy Head of Colleges for Research and Scholarship
The Director of Research and Innovation Services
The Director of Financial Planning


The Secretary will normally be the REF Manager.


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


The Research Management sub-committee will ensure the implementation of strategic decisions made by Research Committee, especially where these concern the REF. It will also: advise Research Committee on strategic issues emerging from research reviews and the periodic departmental reviews; receive annual reports from URIs and make recommendations about new and continuing URIs; report on strategic patterns and issues in research grant capture performance; consider ways to enhance the academic impact of research, methods of reaching non-traditional audiences, and to enhance Durham as a venue for academic conferences, meetings and fellowships.

Terms of Reference

The Sub-Committee shall:

a) monitor and report to Research Committee on progress with implementation of policies and strategies agreed at Research Committee;

b) manage and report to Research Committee on progress with the University’s submission to the REF or similar national exercises, including departmental review exercises conducted after the process;

c) monitor and comment on aspects of departmental or University Research Institute (URI) reviews that concern research, and report any strategic issues to Research Committee, including recommendations for new and continuing URIs and on faculty reviews of research centres;

d) monitor and comment upon grant award data for faculties and departments, and report any strategic issues to Research Committee;

e) monitor the implementation of research strategy and performance through Faculty and Departmental research committees, and identify and recommend to Research Committee good practice in managing, promoting and resourcing research;

f) consider how best to further academic impact of Durham research, and its outreach to the academic community for report to Research Committee

g) review and monitor the performance of departmental research Centres, and report any strategic issues to Research Committee.

h) Receive reports from the University Seedcorn scheme, and evaluate the success of this in generating research income;

i) report on its responsibilities to Research Committee after each meeting.