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Research Excellence Training Steering Group 

The group provides strategic oversight and steer on the training and support underpinning the Research Strategy. A key function of this oversight group will be to actively champion RET work and to effectively communicate information to and from relevant groups.  The group will suggest individuals who can assist with delivering the support and training for all those engaged in or who support research (research staff, academics, research administrators and PGR students). The group will also identify possible external partners such as funding agencies who can assist with the agreed RET workplan.

The Steering Group is chaired by the PVC-for-Research and comprises 7 members who will ensure alignment with YGRS activity for PGRs and with the Concordat and Athena Swan initiatives.

The first meeting of the Group took place on 10 February 2017. 


RoleStaff name
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Chair)

Professor Deborah Smith

Dean of the York Graduate Research School (YGRS)

Professor Tom Stoneham

Representation from Faculty Research Groups

Professor Richard Ogden (Arts and Humanities)
Professor Patrick Doherty (Sciences)
Professor Matthew Festenstein (Social Sciences)

Research Champion

Professor Karen Bloor

Associate Director, Research and Enterprise

Jenny Gilmartin
Head of Research Excellence Training  Dr Karen Clegg
Secretary & Minutes

Stewart Barker

ToR and organogram

Terms of reference

The RET Steering Group will:

1. Provide a steer on priority areas in line with institutional objectives and the research strategy

2. Actively champion RET work and ensure that there is effective communication about activity within and between departmental and faculty groups as appropriate.

3. Provide intelligence about people who can assist with delivering the support and training for ART and PGR students and identify possible external partners such as funding agencies 

Governance organogram

RET Governance organigram (MS PowerPoint , 35kb)

Future meetings

Future meeting dates and times

18 November 2019, 13:00-14:30
17 February 2020, 14:00-15:30
28 April 2020, 14:00-15:30

Meeting minutes

Minutes from previous meetings