Information Services Division


Computational Resource Allocation Group (CRAG)



The Computational Resource Allocation Group (CRAG) provides an advisory function to the Research Computing Group and is not directly accountable to any other Research Infrastructure governance group within UCL.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the CRAG are as follows:

  • To monitor the availability and delivery of computational services provided by ISD Research Computing Group, according to agreed Key Performance Indicators.
  • To review and recommend implementation or amendment of operational policy regarding the allocation and use of computational resources provided by the Research Computing Group.
  • To monitor the allocation and usage of Research Computing computational and associated data storage services, according to the above policy.
  • To review and approve (or decline) user requests for access, additional resource, and exceptional access to Research Computing resources.
  • To assist the Research Computing Group in providing periodic reports on the above and any other matters arising as required.


The CRAG comprises members of Information Systems and UCL academic staff representing Research Computing Consortia domains:

NameDepartment and Research Computing Consortium Represented
Dario Alfe (Chair)Dept. of Earth Sciences
Nick AchilleosDept. of Physics & Astronomy
Javier HerreroBill Lyons Centre, UCL Cancer Institute
Andrew MartinInstitute of Structural and Molecular Biology
Sergey YurchenkoDept. of Physics & Astronomy
Michail StamatakisDept. of Chemical Engineering
Owain KenwayResearch Computing Applications and Support Team Leader, ISD
Thomas JonesResearch Computing Platforms Team Leader - infrastructure lead, ISD


Frequency and Format

The group will meet once a month for two hours to review service statistics and performance, progress against actions, additional/exceptional resource requests and any other business arising. In addition, members may be required to provide advice to the Research Computing team on an ad hoc basis outside of these meetings.

Meeting support will be provided by ISD.

Contacting the CRAG

In the first instance, all queries should be addressed to rc-support@ucl.ac.uk

Alternatively, the CRAG Chair, Professor Dario Alfe, may be contacted at d.alfe@ucl.ac.uk

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