Governance and compliance


Research, Innovation and Global Engagement Committee: Terms of Reference

Information regarding the UCL Research, Innovation and Global Engagement Committee's formal powers and responsibilities.

Subject to any general or particular direction that may from time to time be given by the University Management Committee (UMC), the Research, Innovation and Global Engagement Committee is charged by UMC:

  1. To ensure that UCL has a clear understanding of research, innovation and global engagement activities and impact across all its faculties;
  2. To monitor external developments in policy in relation to research, innovation and global engagement and to advise on any necessary policy, process or practice revisions that UCL may require to make;
  3. To identify strategic and organisational issues to promote synergies and funding opportunities at the institutional level, and to develop recommendations (with its sub-committees, as appropriate) to capitalise on these opportunities;
  4. To consider recommendations from its sub-committees on (a) new or amended policies; and (b) any process change that requires new or additional resources;
  5. To develop policy and strategy in the institutional approach to external quality assessment exercises (such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)) and to evaluate their outcomes;
  6. To approve and oversee the operation of governance policies and processes related to external funding so that they meet the standards and requirements of funders and regulators; 
  7. To approve and oversee the deployment of UCL’s strategic funding to realise its vision for growth and impact in research, innovation and global engagement;
  8. To approve and oversee the arrangements for management of UCL’s intellectual assets as required by Research England and other significant funders;
  9. To approve and oversee UCL’s framework for the training and career development of research students and staff in research, innovation and global engagement and is consistent with national standards;
  10. To oversee all strategic and policy matters relating to UCL’s museums, collections, and theatres, including their care and management and their intersection with research, innovation, global engagement, teaching, and public engagement; 
  11. To receive minutes from each of its sub-committees;
  12. To receive appropriate matters from Library Committee and Research Degrees Committee that relate to UMC’s oversight; 
  13. To receive reports from bodies which are responsible for monitoring the operation of policies and procedures under UCL’s research integrity framework, including an annual report on the operation of the procedure for investigating and resolving allegations of misconduct in academic research;
  14. To receive reports, at least annually, from the operational leads in research, innovation and global engagement, including (but not limited to) Research and Innovation Services, UCL Consultants (UCLC), and UCL Business (UCLB);
  15. To review annually the implementation of UCL’s Disclosure of Conflicts policy and make recommendations to the Academic Committee in relation to any possible amendments to the practice and principles of the policy;
  16. To report at least annually to the Academic Committee on the Committee’s work in the preceding 12 months;
  17. To recommend major decisions relating to the research, innovation and global engagement portfolio to the UMC.