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Research Councils UK Executive Group Terms of Reference and Remit

The RCUK Executive Group terms of reference are to:

Provide the forum through which chief executives collectively own and drive the strategic and operational activities undertaken to deliver the RCUK mission.

Specifically it will:

  • develop the objectives for the RCUK partnership and secure their endorsement by BIS;
  • agree the work plan and priorities for the RCUK partnership;
  • ensure that appropriate resources are committed to RCUK priorities;
  • ensure that information about RCUK is communicated effectively to Research Council staff and to external stakeholders;
  • monitor the delivery of RCUK activities.

The remit of the RCUK Executive Group includes:

  • development and implementation of RCUK strategies (e.g. science vision, external relations, knowledge transfer, science in society);
  • development and communication of RCUK policy positions on issues of strategic importance;
  • discussion of research priorities and opportunities, including development of inputs for the Spending Review process;
  • development of the strategic direction and overall objectives of the RCUK Administration Strategy;
  • monitoring the delivery of RCUK priorities against it's delivery plan, including outputs from major cross-Council research programmes.

The RCUK Executive Group will adopt a collegiate approach to decision making, working in the best interests of the UK science and engineering base. The establishment of Research Councils UK does not affect existing lines of accountability; each Chief Executive remains responsible for their own Council.


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