Research Staff Development Committee (RSDC)

The committee reports to the University's Research and Innovation Committee and its key tasks are to:

1. Share ideas and practice across the University to help improve Research Staff development and the employment environment.
2. Initiate pan-University projects that seek to enhance Research Staff development and the employment environment.
3. Members act as conduits for information between the committee and their home Faculty/Department.
4. Keep under review The University’s HR Excellence in Research award action plan, to ensure its implementation and that it remains fit for purpose and contribute to submissions to the European Commission (required in order to retain the HR Excellence in Research award).


The Committee is made up of a chair (professorial grade), two representatives from each Faculty (one Academic member of staff and one member of Research Staff) as well as a representative from the University's Department of Human Resources and one from Research & Innovation Services. There is also a permanent Secretary to the Committee.

Academic and Professional Services staff, including the chair, will be expected to serve on the committee for a term of three years, at which time membership will be reviewed. Research Staff will be required to commit to a minimum term of one year. Any committee member’s change in job role will automatically trigger a review of their membership. When vacancies arise, an email will be sent out to relevant and eligible staff groups seeking expressions of interest.

All members contribute to formal meetings and related actions, either individually or through the creation of working groups. They are also expected to consult with other staff members in their work area on relevant issues. Where members cannot attend a committee meeting, they are required to send a deputy in their place whenever possible.

The contribution of each member will be assessed annually by the committee chair in terms of meeting attendance, contribution to meetings, actions taken away from meetings, actions completed and any other contributions.

More information about the Committee including Terms of Reference and Membership can be found here.


Meetings will take place three times each academic year and will be no more than two and a half hours in duration. Wherever possible, they will be scheduled during core hours and on days of the week that enable attendance by part time members.

Minutes and other documents

The minutes of meetings and related documents will be stored by the Secretary to the Committee.

Minutes of meetings will be posted on the Committee webpage within four weeks of the meeting taking place.

Previous meeting - 13th June 2019. Minutes available here.

Previous meeting - 7th February 2019. Minutes available here.

Previous meeting - 18th October 2018. Minutes available here.

Previous meeting - 21st June 2018. Minutes available here.

Previous meeting - 8th February 2018. Minutes available here.

Previous meeting - 3rd October 2017. Minutes available here.

Meeting Dates 2019/2020

Next meetings scheduled for:

10th October 2019 (10am - 12pm)

13th February 2020 (10am - 12pm)

11th June 2020 (10am - 12pm)