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University committees and working groups

OxRSS currently has a presence within the following groups:

Code of Practice Implementation Group

This group is dedicated to looking after research staff by implementing the Code of Practice for the Employment and Career Development of Research Staff. It is chaired by the University’s Researcher Development Officer, who is also on the OxRSS committee and whose role is dedicated to research staff matters. This group informs the work of relevant University committees by gathering the views of researchers and those who work to support them to provide evidence-based papers to be considered by senior management. It is a key way that we are working proactively with colleagues whose role is to support research staff at the University to influence policy and decision-making.

Research Staff Working Group

This group aims to address issues for research staff across the University. 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 Stephen Goss (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Personnel and Equality) and includes Professor Ian Walmsley (PVC, Research), a number of senior academics, and representatives of divisions and departments. It reports to the Personnel Committee.

University Skills Group

This committee oversees the training that is provided to research staff and DPhil students.

Equality and Diversity Advisory Group

This group’s aim is to advise the University in its goal of ensuring freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity. The group is part of the Equality and Diversity Unit, which works to promote equality across all groups who share a protected characteristic (including age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief). The Unit also works to promote awareness of equality and diversity issues among all members of the collegiate University.