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Membership 2020/21

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Chair):

Professor Pam Thomas

The Vice-Provost and Chair of each of the Boards of the Faculties, or their nominee (typically the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee):

Professor Penny Roberts (Arts)

Professor Caroline Meyer (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Professor Matthew Nudds (Social Sciences)

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research (Arts, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinarity) Professor Jackie Hodgson

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Research Infrastructure and Governance)

Professor David Leadley

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research (Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships)

Professor Kerry Kirwan

Academic Director (Graduate Studies)

Professor Colin Sparrow

A representative from the Research Staff Forum, nominated by the Forum and approved by the Senate

Dr Elisabeth Arweck

One postgraduate research student representative, nominated by the Students' Union and approved by the Senate


Up to four academic members of staff of the University, appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Research Committee

Professor Mohan Balasubramanian

Professor Duncan Lockerby

Professor Noortje Marres

Professor Helen Wheatley

In attendance

Dr Catherine Cochrane (Director of Research and Impact Services)

Dr Navdeep Bains (Assistant Director R&IS: Research Support & Contracts)

Robin Green (Librarian)

Sarah Hall (Head of Research Impact, R&IS)

Professor Graeme Currie (Pro-Dean (Research) Warwick Business School)

Jane Cummins (Research Communications Manager, R&IS)

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Terms of Reference

(1) To advise the Senate on all matters relating to the research strategy of the University and to support the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in driving forward the agreed research strategy.

(2) To identify priority areas for research and to develop, promote and monitor policies and practices to stimulate research programmes in the agreed areas, in liaison with other bodies as appropriate, including the coordination of University responses to specific funding initiatives, in consultation with the Steering Committee (particularly where a cross-Faculty approach is required).

(3) To monitor and influence the development of research policy and strategy of key national and international agencies in the interests of the University (e.g. UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the Research Councils, Innovate UK, Research England, and the European Commission).

(4) To oversee and monitor the performance of University Research Centres and recommend to the Senate, in consultation with the relevant Faculty Boards, the establishment and disestablishment of University Research Centres in line with the University’s research strategy.

(5) To oversee the performance of the University’s Global Research Priorities Programme, making recommendations to the Academic Resourcing Committee
and Senate on financing and future direction.

(6) To support the University in its engagement with key external stakeholders relating to research, including business, industry, the government and funding

(7) To consider periodic reports on the research performance, research quality and the generation of research income of the University and its constituent parts, including relevant national and international benchmarking data where available, with a view to advising the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) on areas where improvements could be made, where there are significant risks and/or where new opportunities may be pursued.

(8) To monitor the University’s activities in relation to the career development of research staff including oversight of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and other related sector guidance published in the future.

(9) To consider reports from and make reports to the University Research Ethics Committee, Faculty Research Committees and Faculty Boards when appropriate.

(10) To discharge other functions as the Senate may from time to time determine.

(11) To make periodic reports, with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), to the Academic Resourcing Committee on the considerations and findings of the Committee to aid in aligning resource allocation with research strategy.

(12) To report to the Senate, as appropriate, on the operation of the work of the Committee in relation to all of these areas.

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Reporting Structure

The Research Committee reports to the Senate.

The following Groups report to the Research Committee:
GRP Steering Group
Open Research Group

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Carole Harris (C dot D dot Harris at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Assistant Secretary: Sophie Watts (S dot Watts dot 3 at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Papers for consideration by the Research Committee should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Dates of meetings of the Research Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

Other Useful Links

Information about University Research Centres

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