How we’re governed

UKRI governance arrangements enable clear accountability and efficient decision-making. Our governance arrangements:

  • support development and delivery of our overall strategy
  • enable our CEO to perform their role as accountable officer
  • empower each of the councils and executive chairs to take a leading role in their area, consistent with the commitment to subsidiarity in the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

Our main governance bodies are the UKRI Board and the Executive Committee, which provide strategy advice to the Board and is the day-to-day coordinating body for UKRI executive activity.

Each of the nine Councils has Council members who play a critical role in our strategy development and governance. Council members work with their Executive Chair to deliver their council’s aims and objectives and to support UKRI’s overall mission.

The UKRI framework document (PDF, 750KB) sets out the governance arrangements between UKRI and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Read more about our relationship with the government.

We have our own internal governance framework which will work with, and be informed by, this framework document, the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 and other relevant policies and guidance.

Good governance in public sector organisations recognises the need to have arrangements in place that prevent, counter and deal with potential conflicts of interest.

UKRI Board

The UKRI Board is our primary governing body. It has general oversight of UKRI’s activities and is responsible for achieving UKRI’s strategic objective and vision.

Read more about the UKRI Board.

Executive committee

Our Executive Committee provides strategic advice to the UKRI Board and is the day-to-day coordinating body for UKRI activity.

Read more about the UKRI Executive Committee.

Senior leadership team

See the members of our senior leadership team.

UKRI committees

UKRI has a number of non-executive committees, which are responsible for advising and guiding the UKRI Board and Executive Committee.

Read more about the UKRI committees.

Council members

Each council is led by an Executive Chair advised by a council of external members.

See the council members.

 

How our councils are governed

Our councils have their own governance groups and structure.

This is the integrated website of the seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK.
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