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Executive Chair, ESRC

Closing date 22 August 2021, 23:00
Number of positions One
Length of term Four years
Time commitment This is a full-time role
Remuneration Annual remuneration package of £120,000 with performance related pay of up to 10%
Location Swindon/London
Apply For more information and to apply online, please visit the BEIS website

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has a core budget of over £180 million, in addition to the cross-cutting funds from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) (including National Productivity Investment Fund and Official Development Assistance funding) and approximately 210 staff based across Swindon and London.

The Executive Chair, working with the ESRC council, is responsible for setting the strategic vision for ESRC and contributing to the direction of UKRI. As a visible and credible leader of both ESRC and the wider economics and social sciences research community, you will provide direction, ensuring delivery of far-reaching research, innovation, skills development and infrastructure investment goals with demonstrable outputs and outcomes.

As a member of UKRI Executive Committee, the Executive Chair of ESRC will be accountable to, and work closely with, the UKRI CEO. The ESRC’s Executive Chair may also be responsible for leading and delivering one or more cross cutting areas for UKRI.

For more information and to apply online, please visit the BEIS website.

Council members, UKRI

Closing date 23 July 2021, 17:00
Number of positions In this recruitment round we are looking to appoint members to the following councils:

    • Arts and Humanities Research Council
    • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Research England.
Time commitment Up to 20 days per year.
Remuneration An honorarium of £6,850 is paid annually.
Location Swindon/London/remote
Apply Apply online at Perrett Laver

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is seeking to appoint further council members for seven of the councils.

Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance – providing input, intelligence and feedback from their communities and stakeholder groups and working closely with their Executive Chairs to deliver their council’s aims and objectives.

Council members responsibilities include:

  • support and challenge the Executive Chair to ensure the effective delivery of the council’s mission and implementation of their strategic delivery plan
  • support the council Executive Team in managing risk and providing assurance, in relation to large investments, and where applicable Institutes
  • actively participate in council business, providing robust scrutiny, advice and challenge
  • champion equality, diversity and inclusion in all activities undertaken and challenge any lack of regard for this
  • champion environmental sustainability in all activities undertaken and challenge any lack of regard for this
  • take on ad hoc assignments where appropriate, such as membership or chairing of subgroups, and task and finish groups
  • act as an ambassador or advocate, supporting UKRI’s vision and their domain area’s importance to society
  • operate across the remit of the council rather than as an advocate for specific domains or sub-domains
  • engage with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs
  • encourage and facilitate collaborative work across the councils to foster strategic relationships
  • participate in the council’s evaluation and planning activities
  • highlight opportunities for UKRI
  • if necessary, raise concerns about the operation of the council or, where policies and programmes do not appear to align with the strategic delivery plan, with the Executive Chair and the Senior Independent Member
  • provide other ad-hoc advice and support to the council and Executive Team in the development of policy and practice
  • declare conflicts of interest and, subject to the Executive Chair’s judgement, withdraw from discussions where a potential conflict arises.

Last updated: 21 July 2021

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