Terms of Reference and Membership 2019-2020


Oversight of matters related to research and enterprise strategy, policy and performance at the University.


  1. To develop the Institutional Research and Enterprise Strategies for incorporation within the University’s Strategic Plan and Annual Budget.
  2. To progress and monitor the implementation of the University’s Research and Enterprise Strategies and to promote integration, coordination and interaction between College and Institute research and enterprise strategies.
  3. To identify institutional research strengths and weaknesses and strategic research priorities.
  4. To embed a culture of knowledge exchange and research excellence with impact within the University, by encouraging and promoting appropriate initiatives in education, development and training, and public engagement.
  5. To develop and monitor the strategic coherence and alignment of the University’s research and enterprise ecosystems.
  6. To monitor the research and enterprise performance of the Colleges and Institutes, to undertake reviews of research activity and to coordinate and integrate enterprise activity in the Colleges and Institutes and determine and agree appropriate actions to be taken in respect of future research and enterprise activities.
  7. To inform direction on research and enterprise marketing and communications.
  8. To oversee the development of the University’s reputation for research and enterprise, including the impact of research and enterprise on league table position.
  9. To inform institutional policy in respect of preparations for external assessment and evaluation of University research and enterprise activities.
  10. To inform approaches for proactively increasing research and enterprise income at institutional and College level and to provide oversight as appropriate for strategic initiatives and bids.
  11. To ensure that the University has in place appropriate policies, processes and support for Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers.
  12. To review and mitigate risks relating to research and enterprise at the University.
  13. To consider institution-wide issues, provide appropriate institutional responses and receive reports from and consider the work of Committee sub-groups in areas relating to research and enterprise.
  14. To ensure the University has in place appropriate policies and procedures to meet the requirements of research and enterprise funders, and institutional needs.
  15. To determine the appropriate allocation of such resources as are available from time to time.
  16. To consider, record and address the potential equal opportunity impacts of decisions made by the Committee (in accordance with the ‘due regard’ provisions of the Equality Act 2010.


Role Term
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) (Chair)
Ex officio
The Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer Ex officio
The Director of Research and Enterprise
Ex officio
The Director of Research Services
Ex officio
The Director of the Doctoral College
Ex officio
RED lead for Knowledge Exchange Ex officio
The Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor: Research
Ex officio
The Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Global Engagement Ex officio
One lay member of Council, appointed by the Nominations Committee
3 years in the first instance, renewable, but maximum length of service is normally 6 years.
Nine members of the academic staff, three from each of the three Colleges, appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the relevant Head of College: 
- Normally College Dean of Research, a member of academic staff with enterprise/knowledge exchange experience, and one other
3 years in the first instance, renewable, but maximum length of service is normally 6 years.
One representative of the Directors of the Institutes
3 years in the first instance, renewable, but maximum length of service is normally 6 years
A postgraduate research student, early career, or research staff member, from each College, nominated by the relevant Head of College, of whom one will usually have experience of enterprise
1 year in the first instance, renewable annually, but maximum length of service is normally 3 years
Other members of staff, whom the Committee may wish to co-opt
1 year in the first instance, renewable annually, but maximum length of service is normally 3 years

Normally in attendance at meetings

  • a. Chief Executive of Leicester Science Parks
  • b. Director of Leicester Innovation Hub
  • c. University Librarian

Modus Operandi

The Committee will normally meet at least six times in each academic year


7 members, including at least 1 academic representative from each College

Reports to


Receives reports from:

  • University Ethics and Integrity Committee
  • Research Sponsorship Committee
  • College Research and Enterprise Committees
  • Open Research Group
  • Research Infrastructure Advisory Group
  • Research Communications Advisory Group
  • Postgraduate Research Sub-Committee
  • Postgraduate Research Recruitment Steering Group
  • Early Career Researcher & Research Staff Career Enhancement Sub-Committee

Works with:

  • Global Strategic Development Board
  • League Table Strategy Group
  • Secretariat: Research and Enterprise Division
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