The University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) is charged with providing strategic leadership to the Schools on all matters associated with the University's research endeavour and associated enterprise and commercial activities.

The alignment of institutional level research objectives with School strategic planning processes is a primary function of the Committee as is providing strategic oversight for the development of the University’s submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The Committee also supports Schools in the securing of external research and infrastructure funding from sector-wide initiatives operated by bodies such as the Scottish Funding Council This includes managing the internal selection of applications for major external calls for funding which limit the number of proposals that may be submitted by the University and/or require a significant institutional commitment

Members 2021-22

Convener: Professor John Rowan, Vice-Principal for Research, Knowledge Exchange & Wider Impact

  • Dr Shaleph O'Neil - School of Art & Design
  • Professor Norin Arshed - School of Business
  • Professor Jan Clarkson- School of Dentistry
  • Dr Duncan Mercieca - School of Education & Social Work
  • Professor Graeme Morton - School of Humanities
  • Professor Claire Halpin - School of Life Sciences
  • Professor Colin Palmer - School of Medicine
  • Dr Elaine Lee - School of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Professor Amin Abdolvand - School of Science & Engineering
  • Professor Lorraine van Blerk - School of Social Sciences
  • Professor Inke Nathke - Convener, Research Governance and Policy Sub-Committee
  • Dr David McBeth - Director of Research and Innovation Services
  • Dr Clive Randall - Research Policy Manager
  • Daniela Bolle - Head of Research Development
  • Dr Richard Parsons - Director of Library and Learning Centre
  • Pamela Houston - Head of Research Finance
  • Margaret Teven - Head of Research Impact & Culture
  • Dr Ann Brown - Business Transformation
  • Hannah Whaley - Library and Learning Centre
  • Dr Gilbert Ramsay - OPD
  • Dr Jonathan Urch - Public Engagement

Committee Secretary: Dr Martin Glover

This Committee reports to the Senatus.