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University Research Committee

The University Research Committee (URC), chaired by the Director of Research, is responsible for the development of the University Research Policy and Strategies to assist the University in meeting its research objectives. It is the highest research coordinating body of the University.

Membership of the University Research Committee

  • Vice-Rectors
  • Deans of Schools
  • Director of Research (Chair)
  • Invited (non-voting) experts as and when it is considered essential to seek their advice

Scope of the University Research Committee

The functions of the URC are to:

  • formulate strategies to assist the University in meeting its research objectives;
  • identify and use the means by which the University can engage in emerging research opportunities;
  • monitor and review research performance across the University and advise the Senate and the Council on the University's research strategies, priorities and performance;
  • interact with external research funding agencies;
  • advise the Senate and the Council on the allocation of any funds to support the research strategy;
  • advise the Senate and the Council on an appropriate strategy for the submission of proposals for University funded research;
  • foster the marketing of research activities as a mechanism for enhancing grant and contract income from industrial and research funding sources;
  • consider research matters arising from Departmental Reviews referred to it by the School Research Committees;
  • advise on any matters referred to it by the Senate and the Council.