Appointments Assurance Committee

As of 1 September 2023 the Appointments Assurance Committee has been convened to replace the Appointments Board.

Roles and responsibilities

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Appointments Assurance Committee operates under delegated authority from the BBSRC Executive Chair. The committee is responsible for:

  • providing assurance to BBSRC Council and Executive of the robustness of the nomination and selection processes used to appoint committees and panels
  • making recommendations as to the composition and membership of the Pool of Experts

The committee will also take an active role in the selection and appointment of the chairs of committees and panels.

In undertaking this activity, the committee is responsible for ensuring:

  • assessment of applications for, and appointment to, chair positions on BBSRC committees and panels
  • oversight of the processes used to appoint members to committees convened to assess applications to:
    • responsive mode
    • fellowships
    • follow-on fund
    • managed mode initiatives
    • training grant competitions
  • oversight of the processes used to select members of BBSRC’s Pool of Experts
  • oversight of the processes used to select members of BBSRC’s Strategy Advisory Panels
  • providing external assurance of the quality and diversity of appointments to these groups, including disciplinary expertise, geographic, institutional and sectoral (meaning academia versus institute versus industry) variety, as well as protected and other personal characteristics (as appropriate)


Meeting dates


  • 21 March 2024
  • September 2024, to be confirmed


Appointments Assurance Committee Secretariat


Last updated: 15 March 2024

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