Research Staff Representatives on University Level Committees

Pay and Conditions Review Steering Committee

The Vice-Chancellor, Irene Tracey, has commissioned an independent analysis of all aspects of pay and conditions for all staff, academic and non-academic. The purpose of the Pay and Conditions Review is to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the total reward and benefits offer for all staff groups across the University. The Pay and Conditions Review Steering Committee reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and Council. For further information, please see this page - Pay and Conditions Review.

The researcher representative on the Pay & Conditions Review Steering Committee is

Dr Ignacio Torrecilla - profile link


Council is the University’s -making body. It is responsible for the academic policy and strategic direction of the University, for its administration, and for the management of its finances and property. It has five major committees: Education Committee, General Purposes Committee, Personnel Committee, Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, and Research Committee.

The researcher representative on Council is

Dr Hilary Wynne - profile link

Research and Innovation Committee

Research and Innovation Committee (RIC) is one of the main committees of the University’s Council.  RIC is responsible for University policy and planning issues relating to research, knowledge exchange, innovation, commercial and social entrepreneurship and public engagement with research.  RIC is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of those aspects of the Strategic Plan which relate to the University’s research and research-related activities, including:

  • Research Commitment Two: To invest in people, to support them and their research environment, thereby enabling the research endeavour to grow sustainably, and
  • Priority 8: [To] Enhance the opportunities and support for early-career researchers

The researcher representative on Research and Innovation Committee is

Dr Jack Muir -profile link

Personnel Committee

Personnel Committee is one of the main committees of the University's Council. It is responsible for personnel and equality matters connected with the employment of the University's employees.  Personnel Committee is responsible for those aspects of the Strategic Plan who relate to People, including:

  • People Commitment Three: To support staff in personal and professional development, and
  • Priority 18: [To] Review and improve our current arrangements to support the personal and career development of all staff.

The research representative on Personnel Committee is

Dr Liam Guilfoyle - profile link

Childcare Steering Group

The University's Childcare Steering Group meets termly and aims to support the strategic development of childcare provision within the framework of the Childcare development plan. The group considers and recommends any changes in University childcare policy, as well as receiving and approving the termly Childcare Report. In addition, it receives year end and new year financial budgets (which are subject to the UAS planning and budgeting process, based on the development plans, and must be approved by BSC and PRAC).

Your representative on the Childcare Steering Group is

Dr Guy Yona – profile link

Consultative Committee for Health & Safety

The Consultative Committee for Health & Safety (CCHS) constitutes the consultative forum on health and safety required by the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations. It considers and, as appropriate, comments on, amongst other things: questions on and implementation of health and safety policy; health and safety training within the University; significant accidents and incidents occurring within the University; matters brought to the University's attention by trade union safety representatives. The committee is invited to consider and comment on all proposed new and revised health and safety policies before they are submitted to the Safety Executive Group (SEG).

The researcher representative for MPLS and MSD on the CCHS is

Dr Abdullah Bajwa - profile link

Curators of the University Parks

The Curators of the University Parks have oversight of the financial management of the Parks; ensure that the Parks are run in a cost-effective manner and in the best interests of the University; and ensure that any income derived from events or services is reinvested in the Parks.  The Curators meet termly and report to the Building and Estates Subcommittee. For further information, please see this page - Curators University Parks.

Your researcher representative on Curators of the University Parks is

Dr Alice Little - profile link

Disability Advisory Group 

The Disability Advisory Group is responsible for influencing University policy to ensure inclusion of disabled and neurodiverse staff.  The Group focuses on policy, support, and governance structures that promote inclusivity of all staff at the University. The Group reports to the Equality and Diversity Panel and Personnel Committee.  Its membership includes academics and professional service staff representatives.  For further information about the group and its membership, please see this page - Disability Advisory Group.

The researcher representative on the Disability Advisory Group is

Dr Rachel Rowe - profile link

Equality and Diversity Panel

The Equality and Diversity Panel maintains oversight of and coordinates activity on equality and diversity across the collegiate University. In summer 2023, it will transition to a subcommittee of the Joint Committee which focuses on staff EDU issues specifically, and which will improve the ability to support cross-cutting issues from the Research Staff Consultation Group. The Committee meets once per term and reports Joint Committee on EDI. For further information, please see this page - Equality and Diversity Panel

The researcher representative on the Equality and Diversity Panel is

Dr Suriyah Bi - profile link

Intellectual Property Advisory Group

The Intellectual Property Advisory Group (IPAG) is responsible for advising on the development of University policy on the management, protection, and commercial exploitation of intellectual property.  IPAG is responsible to the Research & Innovation Committee, making recommendations as appropriate on IP related matters including:

  • the provision of advice on general policy issues pertaining to the management and exploitation of the University’s intellectual property;
  • the provision of advice on the University’s Intellectual Property Policy, its implementation and disputes arising in respect of these matters

The researcher representative on the Intellectual Property Advisory Group is

Dr Frank Penkava - profile link

Joint Committee on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

The Race Equality Task Force recognised in particular the need for a new high-level committee that would, through the breadth of its representation and the significant roles played by its members, have the necessary weight and authority to audit and evaluate the strategy and oversee its implementation, making recommendations as appropriate to Council and Conference of Colleges. The remit of this new committee has deliberately been set wider than race equality so as to cover all aspects of EDI. This is in recognition of the fact that many of the key issues are relevant across groups and that there is a need to consider the intersection of different aspects of EDI. The committee will meet once per term and reports directly to Council. This is a new committee which will have a webpage soon. 

The researcher representative on the EDI Committee is

Dr Lisa Forsberg - profile link

Open Access Steering Group

The Open Access Steering Group advises on changes to the University Open Access Publications Policy, including allocation for Open Access block grants to ensure funds are allocated equitably. The Group provide oversight and coordination on all matters open access. Consumers and service providers are represented. The Steering Group is accountable to the Research and Innovation Committee, and generally meets six times every year. For further information, please see this page - Open Access Steering Group.

The researcher representatives on the Open Access Steering Group are

Dr Thomas Huet - profile link 

Dr Doug Leasure - profile link 

Oxford Innovation Community at Begbroke

Oxford University Development (OUD) has launched an international competition to find a team to design the masterplan for its world-leading £1billion, 190-hectare mixed-use.  The site will provide an exemplary new setting for the University's world-leading science and innovation as well as creating a community of up to 2,000 quality homes, with new schools, public park, amenities, and nature reserve. For further information, please see this page - Innovation District at Begbroke Science Park.

The researcher representatives are

Dr Christopher Wadibia - profile link 

Dr Diana Withrow - profile link

UK Research Staff Association

UK Research Staff Association are a volunteer organisation whose mission is to empower researcher staff to take control of their careers and contribute to national policy. For further information and range of opportunities to engage, please see this website -  UK Research Staff Association — Vitae.

Your researcher representatives on the UK Research Staff Association are

Dr Pantelis Koutroumpis - profile link

Dr Erini Trichia - profile link

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