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OxRSS representation on committees

University committees on which OxRSS have representation:

Oxford University Council

Council is the University's executive governing body. It is responsible, under the Statutes, for “the advancement of the University's objects, for its administration, and for the management of its finances and property” and has “all the powers necessary for it to discharge those responsibilities”.  Council is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Louise Richardson and includes senior academics from each division, colleges, members elected by congregation.  The OxRSS Chair (Voice) Dr Gwilym Rowlands has been co-opted to Council, which meets between two and five times a term.

Research & Innovation Committee

This group has responsibility for University policy and planning issues relating to research, knowledge exchange, innovation, commercial and social entrepreneurship and public engagement with research. The group is chaired by Professor Patrick Grant the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and includes senior academics from each division. Dr Ed Darnborough represents research staff on this committee, which meets twice a term.

Research Staff Steering Committee

This group has responsibility for strategy with regards to Research Staff. Membership includes senior academic representatives from the divisions, Conference of Colleges, and the Directors of key UAS departments. The group meets once per term and is chaired by University Advocate for Research Staff Prof. David Gavaghan. The Research Staff Steering Committee and reports to the Research and Innovation Committee and works in close consultation with the Research Staff Working Group and Research Staff Consultation Group. The OxRSS Chair (Voice) Dr Gwilym Rowlands represents research staff on this committee, which meets once a term. 

Research Staff Consultation Group

This group provides a forum for consultation of Research Staff on matters relating to University strategy, policy, and provision. The committee consults on papers working through both Research Staff Steering Committee and Research Staff Working Group, and can also submit papers to either committee. The group is chaired by OxRSS Chair Dr Gwilym Rowlands. The group is formed of Research Staff representatives from each of the divisions and Colleges. Humanities: Robin Meyer; Emanuela Vai. MPLS: Holly Reeve; Ed Darnborough; Medical Sciences: Aino Jarvelin; Dexter Canoy. Social Sciences: Louise Bezuidenhout; Courtney Nimura. College representatives to be determind.

Research Staff Working Group

This group aims to address issues for research staff across the University, and meets once a term. It is working on a number of fronts to ensure that the University provides the best possible working environment for its research staff. The group is chaired by Dr Justin Hutchence , and includes a number of senior academics, divisional skills training coordinators, and representatives from other relevant groups. It reports to the Research & Innovation Committee. Two Research staff representatives sit on this forum: Louise Bezuidenhout (Social Sciences), Robin Meyer (Humanities) .

Planning & Housing Strategy Group (PHSG)

The Planning and Housing Strategy Group (PHSG) operates as a forum to consider the development of a number of major regional work streams, programmes and enabling strategies within the University’s normal day to day governance processes.  This committee meets approximately 8 times a year. A key issue for consideration is increasing the amount of housing for University staff. The group is chaired by Dr David Prout who is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources, and is attended by senior members of the University and administration. One of Naeemullah Khan (Med Sci rep) and Martin Walker (College rep) attend this committee on behalf of OxRSS.

Pensions Working Group

This group has the aim of reviewing and responding to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Universities UK (UUK) on issues around the valuation of pension, and meets approximately once a month. Jaya John (MPLS rep) have been invited to contribute to this group.

Intellectual Property Advisory Group (IPAG)

The Intellectual Property Advisory Group (IPAG) is responsible to the Research & Innovation Committee for advising on the development of University policy around the management and exploitation of intellectual property. The group is chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation and its membership includes senior academics from the University of Oxford, senior members of Research Services and Legal Services, and representatives from Oxford University Innovation. IPAG is serviced jointly by Research Services and Oxford University Innovation. Holly Reeve (MPLS rep), Thibaut Deviese (Social Science  rep) and Tahnee Kennedy (Med Sci rep) sit on this group on behalf of OxRSS.

Equality and Diversity Panel 

This panel works to advise the Equality Diveristy Unit on the development of an overarching strategy for work on equality and diversity across the collegiate University, identify work, and priorities identified by the advisory groups and staff networks, as well as any external drivers, including legislative and funding changes. Ji Lin (MPLS) represents Research Staff on this group.

*Health and Wellbeing Strategy Group (currently in abeyance)

The Director of Occupational Health and Safety, is leading a University-wide initiative to develop a Health and Wellbeing strategy. This group has considered important issues such as health and safety  of University staff when working abroad, increased provision of counselling services for staff, and improved sports and recreational facilities. Louise Bezuidenhout (Soc Sci rep)  sits on this group on behalf of OxRSS.

Mindful Employer Steering Group

The disability advisor employed within the Equality and Diversity Unit chairs this group, which aims to implement the Mindful Employer Charter. The University of Oxford as a signatory of this charter shows a willingness to work towards better practice on mental health. Joulia Smortchkova (Humanities rep) are members of this group.

Disability Advisory Group

This group focuses on disability policy and provision for staff of the collegiate University.  Its main role is to provide advice and guidance to the Equality and Diversity Unit and to the Equality and Diversity Panel, which reports to Personnel and Education Committees.  Membership  is drawn from staff across the University who have experience of or an interest in disability.  The group is chaired by Dr Catherine Walter.  Aside from its advisory function, the Group undertakes some projects.  The annual Disability Lecture is one of these.  At the moment they are also working on a set of guidelines for organisers of small and large events, to help them take disability into account. Jasleen Jolly (Med Sci rep) attends this group on behalf of OxRSS.

Careers Service - OxRSS working group

The purpose of this group is to help guide and co-deliver Careers support and co-organise events for researchers, such as the annual Careers Conference for Researchers. The following OxRSS voice representatives are members of this group: Liliana Cifuentes Gutierrez (Co-Chairwoman (Events)), Igor Dyson (MPLS rep), David Hume (MPLS rep), Manya Pagiavla (Conted rep and OxRSS Publicity Officer), Hilary Wynne (Humanities rep), and Joulia Smortchkova (Humanities rep).

Divisional committees on which OxRSS have representation:

Medical Sciences Research Staff Advisory Group (RSAG)

This groups aim to consider all issues concerning research staff within the Division, and includes representatives from every department. It is chaired by Professor Afsie Sabokbar (Divisional Director of Skills Training and Researcher Development).

Medical Sciences Skills Training Committee

This committee meets once a term to discuss the training provision by the Medical Sciences Division and is chaired by David Hyland. Bashir Ahmed and Ilenia Salaris sit on this committee on behalf of OxRSS.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board (MPLS Board)

The Board is the highest level group meeting within the MPLS Division. It is chaired by Professor Donal Bradley (Head of MPLS), and Ed Darnbrough (OxRSS MPLS Materials Science rep) has been co-opted to the Board to represent researchers.

Humanities Research Committee

This committee aims to take strategic oversight of the research, knowledge exchange and innovation in the Humanities Division, and to facilitate and promote its development. Robin Meyer (OxRSS Secretary & Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics) has been co-opted to this Committee.

National committees on which OxRSS have representation:

UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA)

UKRSA, in association with Vitae, aims to provide a collective voice for research staff across the UK, through building researcher communities and influencing policy. Our Vision at UKRSA: A fulfilling career for every researcher UKRSA Mission: Empower research staff to take control of their careers and contribute to policy. Anjali Shah (Med Sci rep) is Co-Chair of the UKRSA committee with a specific remit on the impact of Brexit on research in the UK, and the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers.

Concordat Strategy Group (CSG) and Concordat Executive Group

These two groups are responsible for promoting the implementation of the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers across the UK, in line with its implementation strategy and in partnership with other bodies. Anjali Shah (Med Sci rep & Chair of UKRSA) is the researcher representative from UKRSA who contributes to this group.

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