Terms of reference

Strategy Development

1. To devise strategies to assist the University in meeting its research and knowledge exchange (KE) objectives as articulated in the University Strategy.
2. To identify and foster the means by which the University can meet emerging research and KE opportunities, with the particular goal of increasing and maximising research income and other relevant income streams, and reputation.
3. To identify and consider emerging features of the research landscape, including future funding calls, different ways of working, trends in publication of research results, and issues related to research ethics and research integrity.
4. To advise the Vice-Chancellor/ University Executive Board on appropriate strategies for the University submissions to external assessment and evaluations such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and to oversee the arrangements for the preparation of these submissions.
5. To advise on the focus of activities of Research and Innovation Services in supporting the execution of the University strategy.
6. To advise on the development and support of the doctoral student base in the context of the University Research Strategy.


7. To ensure the University has in place appropriate policies and procedures to meet the requirements of external funders, and institutional needs.
8. To advise on new initiatives and opportunities in the enterprise and innovation area.
9. To ensure research policies and codes are developed in line with the University's research integrity agenda, as developed by the Academic Ethics and Integrity Committee.
10. To monitor the University's compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
11. To consider the terms and conditions of staff employed to do research, and to make recommendations as appropriate.
12. To advise on the development of tools and processes to accelerate, evaluate, evidence and enhance the external impact of research conducted across the University.


13. To advise on the effective publication, dissemination and communication of research and KE, internally and externally.
14. To advise on any research matters referred to the committee by University Executive Board or Senate, and to refer matters to the University Executive Board as appropriate.
15. To receive annual reports from the Boards of Studies on any changes to Research Centres and appointments of Directors/Deputy Directors, and to report these changes to Council and Senate for noting.
16. To receive regular reports from the University’s Institutes, to offer guidance for their development, and to provide feedback on their performance.
17. To serve as the advisory body for the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).
18. To have oversight of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion implications of the University’s policies relating to research.

Performance monitoring

19. To monitor and review research performance across the University, ensuring congruence across university, faculty, school and departmental research strategies and plans. To advise Senate and Council on the University's research strategy, priorities and performance.
20. To monitor and review KE performance across the University, ensuring congruence across KE strategies and plans. To advise Senate and Council on the University's KE strategy, priorities and performance.
21. To consider the research performance of the University through the use of benchmarking, including against international comparators.

Procedural rules


The term of office for appointed members of the committee is three years (renewable). In the event that an appointed member ceases to be eligible to serve, a replacement to serve for the remainder of their term of office will be appointed (renewable).


Co-option is at the discretion of the committee in accordance with Senate Standing Order 16.


Alternates are permitted in accordance with Senate Standing Order 17.


There shall be a quorum at meetings of one-third of the membership of the committee. See Senate Standing Order 16.

Rules for Voting

See Senate Standing Orders.


Minutes are submitted to Senate.

Version information

Owner: Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee
Version number:
Approval Date: 16 November 2016, 18 November 2020 and 3 February 2021
Approved By: Senate
Date of last review: 3 February 2021