Research Planning and Strategy Committee Remit

Research Planning and Strategy Committee Remit

The remit of the Research Planning and Strategy Committee (RPSC) focuses on research and knowledge exchange activity across the University as a whole.  The Committee reports to Senate and SMG and meets approximately every two months.  It is co-chaired by the Vice-Principal (Research) and the Vice-Principal (Innovation & Knowledge Exchange).

The sub-committees of RPSC currently include the Deans of Graduate Studies (DoGS) Committee and the Researcher Development Committee (RDC).

Membership of the main Committee is outlined below. 

  • The Principal
  • Vice Principal (Research & Enterprise) (Co-Chair)
  • Vice Principal (Innovation & Knowledge Exchange) (Co-Chair)
  • Dean of Research for each College
  • Selected staff from each College*
  • Head of Research Support Office
  • Head of Knowledge Exchange
  • Head of Research Policy
  • Executive Director of Research & Innovation
  • Head of Commercialisation
  • Lay Member of Court
  • Chair of the DoGS Committee
  • Research Staff Representative
  • President of the Students Representative Council

* The 'selected staff' do not serve on a representative basis, but are selected by the Conveners for their ability to consider and contribute to issues from a University perspective. These staff may be Research Institute Directors or School research representatives. This selection is made in consultation with relevant Heads of College having regard to the University’s policy of ensuring an acceptable gender balance on committees.

The remit of the Research Planning and Strategy Committee is:

  • To define, promote and implement the University's Research Strategy and the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Strategy in association with Colleges and other relevant bodies.
  • To monitor progress towards the delivery of the University’s Research Strategy and the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Strategy.
  • To identify new areas of research, and how they should be developed for the future.
  • To make recommendations to the Senior Management Group to enable the delivery of the Research Strategy and the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Strategy.
  • To define, promote and implement strategy and policy relating to research students.
  • To review and approve new/significantly changed postgraduate research programmes.
  • To prioritise the University’s research portfolio and make appropriate recommendations to SMG as required.
  • To report to Senate and SMG.

Membership of Research Planning and Strategy Committee 2018-19