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Council Regulations 15 of 2002

Made by Council on 26 June 2002

Main Committees

Part 6: Research Committee

Made by Council on 10 July 2008

Amended on 6 May 2010, 19 July 2012 and 22 November 2012

Renumbered on 28 July 2011

6.1. The Research Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) who shall chair the committee;

(2) one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them;

(3),(4) two persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council;

(5)–(8) four persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be external to the University and the other persons to be appointed from the divisions;

(9) one external member appointed by Council;

(10)–(17) two persons appointed by each Divisional Board;

(18), (19) two members of college governing bodies appointed by the Conference of Colleges;

(20), (21) two graduate student member representatives, appointed by the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union, one from the Medical Sciences Division or Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and one from the Humanities Division or Social Sciences Division.

6.2. The committee may co-opt up to three additional members for such periods as the committee shall deem appropriate.

6.3. In appointing the members at 6.1 (3)-(8) above, Council shall have regard to the need to ensure that the committee has sufficient knowledge of the operation of the research councils and the principal charities which fund research in UK universities, that it has sufficient expertise of funded research and innovation and that its membership includes members of the University's research staff.

6.4. The committee shall

(1) advise Council on policy and planning issues relating to research;

(2) advise Council on those aspects of the Strategic Plan which relate to the University's research activities (in consultation with the Academic Divisions and, where appropriate, the Education Committee and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee) and review the progress made against the Plan;

(3) keep under review the external influences on the development of research, advise Council on the implications of these developments for the University and ensure that procedures are in place so that effective responses to external reviews and research-related consultations are made on behalf of the University;

(4) in conjunction with the divisions, facilitate the preparation for external reviews of the quality of research produced by members of the collegiate University, and co-ordinate as appropriate the use of systems to assist in gathering the required data from across Oxford;

(5) in conjunction with the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, be responsible for the University's policies and procedures for costing and pricing of research, including full economic cost recovery;

(6) advise Council on policies which promote the responsible conduct of research and meet the relevant regulatory requirements and on the management of risk associated with these issues;

(7) receive for information divisional five year plans in so far as they relate to the research plans of the division;

(8) seek to promote and to facilitate interdivisional research activities and interaction with research activity in colleges;

(9) oversee and keep under review the University's major institutional research collaborations and membership of international research alliances; provide guidance on, and maintain a register of, international research collaboration agreements to which the University is a party;

(10) be responsible for the development of the University's institutional strategy on knowledge transfer and for the co-ordination of its third stream activities.