Our structure and governance



Our governance is overseen by the UKRI Board, with support from the Executive Committee.

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 her 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).

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.

Last updated: 26 April 2022

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