Information Services Division


Research Data Services Executive

Terms Of Reference


As this is a new service area, the Research Data Services Group function will be served by the current Executive for the UCL Research Data Services programme activity. The Research Data Services Executive is accountable to the: Research IT Executive Group (RITE).



The scope of the UCL Research Data Project Board covers all new IT services aimed at providing Central Research Data Services to support research activities at UCL, such as:

  • UCL Research Data Storage
  • UCL Research Data Archiving
  • Research Data Search and Access



Terms of Reference

  • Review, advise and recommend project bids in UCL-wide Research Data activity for consideration to the Research IT Executive (RITE) to realise RIISG strategic objectives and benefits.
  • Act as UCL’s representatives and champions for Research Data Management good practice and related activity across campus.
  • Own the UCL Research Data Roadmap; guide project activity to reach destinations/ strategic objectives.
  • Own the UCL Research Data Policy; review policy every 12 months.
  • Own and take responsibility for the Research Data Benefits register; actively review the register and guide projects in the research data domain to realise benefits.
  • Commission and consider post-project reviews and promote learning.
  • Act as the escalation group to resolve issues that are beyond the authority/ability of Project Boards.
  • Escalate major issues and aspects of the research data domain that impact or are impacted by UCL policy to the RITE and RIISG.




Name Department

Paul Ayris (Chair)

(Deputy: Martin Moyle)

Director, UCL Library Services

Oliver Duke-Williams

(Deputy: David Beavan)

Department of Information Studies
Nick BrookDean of Maths and Physical Sciences
Clare GryceResearch IT Services
Daniel HanlonResearch Data Services
John KayeResearch Data, JISC (External)
Asim KhwajaFaculty of Medical Sciences
Anson MackayFaculty of Social and Historical Sciences
Margaret O'BrienDirector, Thomas Coram Research Unit, IOE
Jacky PallasOffice of the Vice Provost (Research)
Anthony PeacockSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
Alan PennDean of the Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment
Spiros DenaxasFaculty of Population Health Sciences
Geraint ReesDean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

Melissa Terras

(Deputy: David Beavan)

Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities

Richard Wortley

(Deputy: Gordon Butler)

Director, Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science




The group will meet at least once a term.

Secretarial support will be provided by ISD Administrative Services.

Meeting minutes are provided below: