The Role

Council Appointments

Members will be appointed by the UKRI Board, on the recommendation of the Executive Chair.

The Council members will between them have a broad range of expertise and experience in research and innovation across higher education, industry, commerce, policy and/or civil society and the relevant user communities for each Council, reflecting different characteristics and professional backgrounds. The exact membership will take into account the specific needs of each Council.

In this recruitment round we are looking to appoint members to each of the nine Councils.

UKRI is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability, and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in some sectors of the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.

UKRI welcomes applicants from a wide range of professional backgrounds and would encourage applications from the business community.

Members will be appointed for a period of two, three or four years.

Key responsibilities delegated to Councils:

  • Making decisions and advising on scientific, research and innovation matters within their discipline specific areas;
  • Providing leadership in the development and delivery of the Strategic Delivery Plans, which will set out the long-term strategy for each Council;
  • Acting as champions, custodians and the best source of expert knowledge within each of the Councils’ domains;
  • Providing support and challenge to the Executive Chair to ensure the effective delivery of the Council’s mission and implementation of their Strategic Delivery Plan including the effective use of peer review, ensuring the correct balance of the portfolio and delivery of outputs and outcomes;
  • Prioritising the distribution of funding between areas within a Council’s field of activity and expertise, and advising on which opportunities to pursue as part of UKRI’s major cross-cutting funds;
  • Oversight, development, and management of institutes, facilities and major investments within their area of activity and expertise;
  • Supporting the Executive Chair in managing risk, and providing assurance, in relation to large investments, and where applicable Institutes, reporting to the main UKRI Audit, Risk, Assurance & Performance Committee (ARAPC) via their Executive Chair;
  • Advising the Executive Chair on the appointment of senior management staff, and where applicable, of Institute Directors and on staff terms and conditions within Institutes; and
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of overall UKRI strategy, including through encouraging collaborative working across Councils and the wider research and innovation and business communities, and as required providing advice to the UKRI Board.

Responsibilities of all Council Members

A fully effective Council member:

  • Actively participates in Council business providing robust scrutiny and challenge;
  • Is willing to take on ad hoc assignments where appropriate such as chairing subgroups and task and finish groups;
  • Acts as an ambassador/advocate for UKRI;
  • Supports, advises and challenges the Executive Chair in their role, and through them provides advice to the UKRI Board;
  • Operates across the remit of the Council rather than as an advocate for specific disciplines or sub-disciplines;
  • Actively participates in the Council’s evaluation and planning activities;
  • Highlights opportunities for UK Research and Innovation;
  • If necessary, raises concerns about the operation of the Council or, where policies and programmes do not appear to align with the delivery plan, with the Executive Chair and the Senior Independent Member;
  • Declares conflicts of interest and, subject to the Executive Chair’s judgement, withdraws from discussions where a potential conflict arises;
  • Is willing and able to provide other ad hoc advice and support to the Executive Chair in the development of policy and practice; and
  • Champions Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in all activities undertaken and challenges a lack of regard for this.

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