Research Staff Committees

Research Staff Representation diagram

There are three formal groups that feed into University governance decisions about research staff:

·   The Research Staff Steering Committee

·   The Research Staff Consultation Group

·   The Research Staff Working Group

The role of each group, how they work together and their current membership are outlined below.

Researchers also join key University committees, including Council, Personnel Committee, Research & Innovation Committee. 

For further information and the contact details of your representatives on these groups, please see - Researcher Representatives on other University Level Committees

If you are interested in joining a committee or working group, please see - Current Opportunities to join Committees and Working Groups as a Researcher Representative.

Research Staff Steering Committee

The Research Staff Steering Committee provides strategic direction with respect to enhancing the opportunities and support for research staff, in accordance with Priority 8 of the University's Strategic Plan 2018-23 and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. It is a decision-making group reporting to the University Research and Innovation Committee and informally to Personnel Committee. Members include key governance roles such as the University Advocate for Research Staff and Research Staff Advocates in each of the four divisions.   

Name Title 
Professor David Gavaghan Chair of RSSC
University Advocate for Research Staff
Professor Stephen TuckHumanities Divisional Representative
Professor John FraterMedical Sciences Divisional Representative
Professor Matt JarvisMPLS Divisional Representative
Professor Christiaan MondenSocial Sciences Divisional Representative
Sir Tim HitchensRepresentative of Conference of Colleges
Dr Jonathan BlackDirector, Careers Service
Dr Markos KoumaditisDirector, Human Resources
Dr Tanita CasciDirector, Research Strategy & Policy Unit, Research Services & Co-Chair of RSWG
Jennifer ChapinEquality & Diversity Unit
Sarah Stephenson-Hunter Equality & Diversity Unit
Alice ChilverHead of People & Organisational Development
Dr Christopher WadibiaChair of RSCG
Dr Courtney NimuraVice-Chair of RSCG
Dr Rachel BrayResearch Staff Hub Lead, Co-Chair of RSWG

Research Staff Consultation Group

Comprising research staff only, the Research Staff Consultation Group actively contributes to an overall strategy to underpin the professional and career development of research staff at the University.   Working under the auspices of the Research and Innovation Committee, the Consultation Group works with the Research Staff Working Group to inform the Research Staff Steering Committee on initiatives, progress and major issues relating to research staff development, including views, suggestions and concerns articulated through the Research Staff Representative structure.

NameTitleEmail
Dr Christopher WadibiaChair of RSCGchristopher.wadibia@pmb.ox.ac.uk
Dr Courtney Nimura Vice-Chair of RSCGcourtney.nimura@arch.ox.ac.uk
Dr Hilary Wynne
Humanities Division Representativehilary.wynne@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk
Dr Emanuela Vai
Humanities Division Representativeemanuela.vai@worc.ox.ac.uk
Dr Irina ChelyshevaMSD Representativeirina.chelysheva@paediatrics.ox.ac.uk
Dr Benjamin FosterMSD Representativebenjamin.foster@bioch.ox.ac.uk
Dr Liang HeMPLS Division Representativeliang@oxfordrobotics.institute
Dr Jack MuirMPLS Division Representativejack.muir@earth.ox.ac.uk
Dr William AllenSocial Sciences Division Representative william.allen@politics.ox.ac.uk
Dr Alexander WeideSocial Sciences Division Representativealexander.weide@arch.ox.ac.uk
Dr Suzan Meryem KalayciColleges Representativesuzan.kalayci@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk
Dr Tinashe MushakavanhuColleges Representativetinashe.mushakavanhu@st-annes.ox.ac.uk
Dr Liam Guilfoyle
OxRSS Co-Chairliam.guilfoyle@education.ox.ac.uk
Dr Claudio Cortes RodriguezOxRSS Co-Chairclaudio.cortesrodriguez@dpag.ox.ac.uk

Research Staff Working Group

The Research Staff Working Group is operational; it contributes to University strategy for the professional and career development of research staff by preparing information to inform decision-making, discussing and recommending approaches, and acting on decisions made through this governance structure. It works under the auspices of the Research and Innovation Committee and alongside the Research Staff Consultation Group to inform the Research Staff Steering Committee on initiatives, progress and major issues relating to research staff development.

NameTitleEmail
Dr Rachel Bray Co-Chair of RSWG, Researcher Hub Leadrachel.bray@admin.ox.ac.uk
Dr Tanita CasciCo-Chair of RSWG, Director, Research Strategy & Policy Unittanita.casci@admin.ox.ac.uk
Dr Caroline Thurston Researcher Training and Development Manager, Humanities Divisioncaroline.thurston@humanities.ox.ac.uk
Dr Mary Muers Research Culture Facilitator, Medical Sciences Divisionmary.muers@medsci.ox.ac.uk 
Dr Justin Hutchence Researcher Training and Development Manager, MPLS Divisionjustin.hutchence@mpls.ox.ac.uk
Dr Eleanor Pritchard Researcher Development Coordinator, Social Sciences Divisioneleanor.pritchard@socsci.ox.ac.uk
Susana Salinas RiosResearcher Development Consultantsusana.salinasrios@admin.ox.ac.uk
Dr Jane ItzhakiResearch Facilitator Representativejane.itzhaki@medsci.ox.ac.uk
Kate Butler Policy Officer, Human Resourceskate.butler@admin.ox.ac.uk
Mikal MastUCU Representativemikal.mast@smithschool.ox.ac.uk 
Kathryn DallyResearch Integrity & Policy Lead, Research Serviceskathryn.dally@admin.ox.ac.uk
Dr Irina ChelyshevaResearcher Representativeirina.chelysheva@paediatrics.ox.ac.uk 
Dr Rebecca EhataCareers Adviser (Research Staff), Careers Servicerebecca.ehata@careers.ox.ac.uk
Dr Chris JeffsCareers Adviser (Research Staff), Careers Servicechris.jeffs@careers.ox.ac.uk
Jennifer ChapinGender Equality Advisor, Equality and Diversity Unitjennifer.chapin@admin.ox.ac.uk
Les WrightDirector, Health & Safety Officeleslie.wright@admin.ox.ac.uk
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