Information for staff
University Research Committee (URC) oversees research activity at the University, reporting to the University Senate which oversees all academic matters. URC advises Senate and the University Executive Board on strategy, approves internal policy and monitors the research performance of the institution.
URC is responsible for:
The remit of the Committee under the following core, agenda-aligned headings, is:
Items for consideration and/or decision:
On behalf of Senate, URC is empowered to make decisions relating to research and to seek assurance relating to the quality of these activities as set out above. It can also make recommendations and/or refer items to Senate, UEB, UTC, UPEC and other University committees as appropriate.
URC has no direct budgetary control but is able to endorse and support proposed activities in relation to research support. URC is able to review and/or set strategic priorities for research funding.
The following groups report to University Research Committee:
Meeting frequency: a minimum of six times per year, with the facility to transact and record decisions by written resolution or, where necessary, Chair’s Action.
Meeting modes: Meetings in 2022/23 to be primarily held online, via Zoom.
The membership of URC is a combination of ex officio appointments, including academic leaders, representatives of professional services, and representatives of academic staff appointed by Senate.
In contributing to the business of URC, members represent the offices against which they are listed in the Committee’s constituency. In the case of elected academic members, these members represent the broad academic community at the University of York, rather than the interests of their individual departments. The Faculty Deans and Associate Deans (Research) provide the link between the Faculties and the Committee.
Academic staff representatives should be drawn from each of the three Faculties, with no two members from the same department, and should between them have sufficient experience to be able to speak to Committee activities.
Proxy or alternate members are not permitted. Individual colleagues may be invited to attend for select items as and when the need arises.
In order to ensure that the Committee’s business is conducted robustly and transparently, members are required to identify and report any pertinent potential or actual conflicts of interest, both via an annual exercise, and on an ongoing ad hoc basis should such conflicts become apparent in the interim.
This enables the conduct of the Committee’s work to be adapted accordingly and the conflicts mitigated. Details of procedures for handling conflicts of interest are set out in a separate document, available from the Policy, Integrity and Performance Office.
Members may be required from time to time to undertake additional activities, for example (i) membership of review panels, (ii) membership of the Research Priming Fund committee and (iii) representation on working groups.
Quorum: 50% of members, or 50%+ one member where the number of members is not even.
Membership review: membership will be periodically reviewed by the Committee itself for Senate approval. Membership is otherwise co-terminous with the individual’s appointment term. Gender balance and wider EDI considerations should be factored into the Committee’s reflection on its own size and composition.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Chair)
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement (ex officio)
The Dean of the York Graduate Research School (ex officio)
The Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (ex officio)
The Deans of Faculty (ex officio)
The Faculty Associate Deans (Research) (ex officio)
The Director of Research and Enterprise (ex officio)
The Associate Director and Head of Research Services (ex officio)
The Head of Policy, Integrity and Performance (ex officio)
Three academic members from each Academic Faculty, normally with experience on Departmental Senior Management Teams. No two of these members should be from the same department.
History of Art
English & Related Literature
Centre for Health Economics
Policy, Integrity and Performance Officer (Secretary)
Representative of CITY College, Thessaloniki to be invited by Professor Ruth to be in attendance for two meetings of URC per year (with these meetings featuring specific discussion of CITY). High priority items can be brought as relevant outside these allocated meetings.
Who to contact
- Zoe Clarke
Secretary (agendas and minutes)
- Professor Matthias Ruth
Forthcoming meeting dates
- Wednesday 1st February 2023, 2.00pm, (paper deadline: 13th January, midday)
- Wednesday 15th March 2023, 9.30am, (paper deadline: 24th February, midday)
- Wednesday 3rd May 2023, 9.30am, (paper deadline: 14th April, midday)
- Wednesday 21st June 2023, 2.00pm, (paper deadline: 2nd June, midday)