School of Social and Political Sciences - Centre for Drug Misuse Research

School of Social and Political Sciences - Centre for Drug Misuse Research

Consultation Panel:

  • Convener: Professor Steve Beaumont, Vice-Principal (Research & Enterprise)
  • Alan MacFarlane, Lay member of Court
  • Professor Catherine Schenk, Dean of Research, College of Social Sciences

Clerk: Sylvia Morrison


CDMR Consultation Meetings:

Head of College - 16th March
Students Open Meeting - 16th March, 6pm
Students open Meeting  - 17th March, 1pm
Head of STRADA - 21st March

Individual Staff meetings scheduled on 29th and 30th March
Staff Meeting - STRADA - 30th March - 12 noon
Staff Meeting  - CDMR - 30th March - 2pm

If any member of staff, student or other stakeholder would like to meet with the Panel please email the consultation address at the link on the right.

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

The University's Senior Management Group (SMG) has a wide range of data on the performance of individual subject areas with respect to the Key Performance Indicators contained in the strategic plan, relative performance of the unit in the last Research Assessment Exercise, current research income and publications, student demand and performance in the UK subject league tables.

The process of consultation should consider these data and also answer the following points, as a minimum, through consultation with students, the SRC, staff and other stakeholders: 

  • The SMG proposition is that the current activity is not well aligned with the University’s strategy. Is there evidence that rebuts this proposition? 
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on the student experience and the development of new interdisciplinary undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses? Are there alternative methods of addressing demand, including other providers in the City of Glasgow, the West of Scotland or Scotland? 
  • How will the education of students currently on degree programmes in the area be protected?
  • How does the current research in the unit align with the priorities of the research councils or other major funders of research?
  • What would be the impact of withdrawing/reshaping this area on the University’s interdisciplinary research agenda?
  • To what extent does research in the unit inform the development of teaching programmes in the University? Is this commensurate with an excellent research intensive university?
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on our global reach and reputation including the recruitment of international students
  • Who are the stakeholders, in addition to staff and students, who will be affected by the proposed changes? What are their views? Can their needs or wishes be met in other ways if the proposed action is taken?
  • Are there other features arising from the  University withdrawing/reshaping this activity which Court should be mindful of in terms of the University’s impact on the national and regional community?
  • Does the Equality Impact Assessment on students or staff of the proposed changes require mitigating actions to be taken?

Please remember that if you want your views to be taken into account in the first report by the consultation panel, you will need to submit written contributions, by email or letter, by 4 April 2011.

Extract from Court Paper

Extract from Court Paper

1.1.1      School of Social and Political Sciences - Centre for Drug Misuse Research

The Centre for Drug Misuse (CDMR) was reviewed approximately 12 months ago and a business plan was agreed to ensure that the activities of the Centre were making a sufficient financial contribution to the College. The Centre is currently falling behind the business plan and some staff have expressed an interest in voluntary severance or early retirement. The College does not propose to continue activity in this area. Complete closure of CDMR would save salary costs and rental on their office space on Dumbarton Road, offset by loss of contribution from research grants. 

Key Documents

Key Documents

Key documents for the consultation on the Centre for Drugs Misuse Research can be accessed below, or you can download a pdf using the links on the right.