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UK Research and Innovation seeks further council members


UK Research and Innovation seeks further council members

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is looking for new council members.

UKRI brings together seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment and the cultural impact of the arts and humanities. In all of these areas, our role is to bring together the people who can innovate and change the world for the better.

Each council is led by an Executive Chair, supported by a council of between five and 12 members. Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance, working with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UKRI said:

“The research and innovation system, like every part of society, is facing great uncertainty as we adapt to the new challenges caused by COVID-19.

In addition to supporting UKRI’s strategic objectives, council members play a leading role in ensuring that the R&D system - and the people who sustain it - emerge from this pandemic as strongly as possible.

We are seeking candidates from a variety of backgrounds, with different perspectives, expertise and experiences to help ensure that research and innovation continues to flourish.”

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.

If you have relevant expertise and experience we would like to hear from you. The precise details of these vacancies and how to apply can be found here.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 1 July 2020.

Notes to editors

  • More details on recruitment to the specific councils and terms is available on the Perrett Laver website.
  • The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 requires that UK Research and Innovation has in place nine Councils, with their own fields of activity, each led by an Executive Chair. Each Executive Chair is supported by a Council of between five and twelve ordinary members. The exact membership takes into account the specific needs of each council.
  • An honorarium of £6,850 is paid annually
  • Members will be appointed for a period of either two, three or four years. The staggered terms will balance continuity with evolving membership of the councils in future.

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