UKRI Infrastructure Advisory Committee

Closing date
12 February 2023
Number of positions
3
Length of term
3 years
Time commitment
Attendance of 2 meetings per year plus a time commitment of 3 to 5 days per year to complete and review supporting paperwork between each meeting
Remuneration
Please note this is not a salaried position, although reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid in accordance with the UKRI travel and subsistence policy.
Interview date
To be confirmed
Outcomes communicated date
March 2023

UKRI is seeking up to 3 members from across UKRI’s stakeholder groups to join the Infrastructure Advisory Committee which provides advice and guidance on long term infrastructure investment priorities and prioritisation of investments.

We are seeking senior level expert members with a strong interest and experience in research and innovation infrastructure planning or delivery, deep expertise in their professional area, and an ability to think strategically beyond their discipline.

We would particularly welcome applications from individuals with a background in arts and social sciences, innovation, international infrastructure prioritisation, or those from groups currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community.

Who we’re looking for

UKRI is seeking up to 3 members to join the Infrastructure Advisory Committee which provides advice and guidance on long term infrastructure investment priorities and prioritisation of investments. These positions will fill the roles of existing members coming to the end of their tenure.

We are seeking senior level expert members with a strong interest and experience in research and innovation infrastructure planning or delivery, deep expertise in their professional area, and an ability to think strategically beyond their discipline making connections across UKRI’s broad remit.

Applicants are welcome from across higher education, innovation and research organisations, industry and commerce, policy,  civil society or both. We would particularly welcome applications from individuals with a background in arts and social sciences, innovation, international infrastructure prioritisation, or those from groups currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community.

Members are not required to act as representatives of their own organisation, research area, or industrial sector and are expected to adhere to the 7 principles of public life.

Please note that UKRI employees are not eligible to apply.

What you’ll be doing

The responsibilities of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC) are to:

  • provide strategic advice on UKRI’s pipeline of infrastructure investments and recommend investment options for UKRI’s infrastructure portfolio. The IAC supports investments right across the disciplinary spectrum and from fundamental research to innovation focused activities
  • support UKRI in maintaining and developing our understanding of the UK research and innovation infrastructure landscape. This might include providing intelligence on the evolving landscape, supporting continuing work to keep the roadmap and pipeline refreshed through identification of strategic gaps and emerging opportunities both in the UK and internationally, or providing periodic challenge on the portfolio
  • keep a watching brief on delivery of the portfolio
  • provide advice to UKRI on the infrastructure landscape to support wider activities

The committee usually meet twice per calendar year (2 or 3 days in total). In addition, it is expected that IAC members will need to commit between 3 and 5 days per year to review IAC work prior to, and in between, each of the formal meetings.

Urgent business may be handled via correspondence outside scheduled meetings with the Chair approaching all members and requiring responses from at least half the external members including the Deputy Chair.

Members will typically serve for up to 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension to their term.

How to apply

To apply, candidates should submit a CV (limited to 2 A4 pages) containing details of your professional qualifications, research, work experience, and other relevant experience to date. In addition, a statement of interest in the role, or short covering letter (limited to 2 pages)

Applications should be sent to the UKRI Infrastructure Team (infrastructure@ukri.org) by 12 February 2023.

If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please contact the UKRI Infrastructure Team: infrastructure@ukri.org

How we’ll assess your application

Once the deadline has passed, receipt of applications will be acknowledged. The selection panel will then review the applications and agree which applicants will be selected for interview. Successful shortlisted applicants informed of the outcome by email and interviews will take place in late February or early March 2023.

At the final appointment stages, where applicants are as qualified on merit, the selection panel will seek to achieve a balanced membership in terms of, for example, diversity, expertise and experience.

The selection panel for Infrastructure Advisory Committee appointments will be Chaired by Professor Mark Thomson, Executive Chair, Science and Technology Facilities Council and UKRI Champion for Infrastructure. Further panel members will be selected according to the applicant’s area of expertise.

A representative for the UKRI Infrastructure Team will attend to take the official record of the meeting.

Further information

Background

The term ‘research and innovation infrastructure’ can be interpreted in many different ways. We use an internationally recognised definition of infrastructure: ‘facilities, resources and services that are used by the research and innovation communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. They include: major scientific equipment, knowledge-based resources, e-infrastructures’.

UKRI published a report The UK’s research and innovation infrastructure: opportunities to grow our capability (PDF, 6.2MB) in November 2019. This report is intended as a strategic guide to inform investment decisions for the next generation of research and innovation infrastructure. It sets out future infrastructure landscape and identifies needs, opportunities and key themes that could be a major benefit to the UK’s capability to 2030.

Building on this work UKRI has established a new approach to prioritisation of major infrastructure investments and has assembled an Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC) to support the process. The primary role of the IAC is to provide advice to UKRI’s Executive Committee and Board on long term infrastructure investment priorities and prioritisation of investments through the cross UKRI Infrastructure Fund.

The Infrastructure Fund supports step-changes in infrastructure capability and  capacity (including new infrastructure, major upgrades, repurposing, transformative developments or decommissioning). It supports investments right across the disciplinary spectrum and from fundamental research to innovation focused activities.

Investments may be located across the regions and nations of the UK or form part of major international collaborations. Such investments are often costly, may involve several UKRI councils are not possible to accommodate through their core budgets.

The research and innovation quality, impact potential, sustainability, including environmental sustainability and strategic importance are key considerations. UKRI spends approximately £1 billion per year on infrastructure across the research and development landscape. Historically approximately £300 to 400 million has been through cross-council funding mechanisms like the Infrastructure Fund. Future funding will be subject to the outcome of the Spending Review.

Find out more about previous infrastructure projects supported through the Infrastructure Fund.

IAC membership

Membership of the IAC is drawn from existing, relevant expert committees across UKRI including Council’s Councils, alongside external calls for members.

The current membership of the IAC.

The 7 principles of public life

In 1995, the Committee on Standards in Public Life defined 7 principles, which should underpin the actions of all who serve the public in any way.

Consistent with the Commissioner’s Code of Practice, applicants will be assessed on merit, and all candidates for public appointment will need to uphold the standards of conduct set out in the 7 principles of public life. These will be tested as part of the selection process and the selection panel must satisfy itself that all candidates for appointments can meet these standards; which are:

Selflessness

Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or other friends.

Integrity

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity

Carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Remuneration

Please note this is not a salaried position, although reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid in accordance with the UKRI travel and subsistence policy.

In accepting the invitation to join the IAC, members are expected to agree to the terms of reference for membership and must abide by UKRI’s policy on conflicts of interest. External members may be called upon to take on the role of Deputy Chair of the IAC. It is expected that the Deputy Chair would only be required under exceptional circumstances, such as to cover an item where the Chair has a specific conflict of interest or is unable to make an IAC meeting last minute.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

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 the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

In accordance with the GDPR 2016/679 (EU), the personal information provided as part of the IAC application will specifically be used for the purpose of administering this call and aggregated anonymised data will be used for the purposes of monitoring our advisory and decision-making bodies.

Analysis of the information will be viewed by UKRI staff only and personal information will not be used for any other purpose without your specific consent. For further information on how your information will be used, how we maintain the security of your information, and your rights to access information we hold on you, please contact UKRI Information Rights Team via dataprotection@ukri.org

Last updated: 23 January 2023

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