Professorial Conferment Committee

The Professorial Conferment Committee (PCC) is responsible for overseeing the annual Professorial Call, where staff can apply for a Professorship or Associate Professorship. The PCC makes recommendations on these appointments to Academic Board.

Terms of Reference

The PCC is responsible for:


  • Vice Chancellor (Chair)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Chair)
  • One representative from each of the Schools (School representatives must hold a professorial title and will be nominated through the Deans)
  • Up to three additional members appointed by the Vice Chancellor, one of which shall be an Associate Professor.
  • Head of the University Professoriate
  • Director of Research
  • External members (up to four individuals who must hold a professorship with a UK/European university)
  • Secretary (a member of RIIS)

Research and Innovation Committee

Terms of Reference

The Research and Innovation Committee is responsible for:

  • Advising Academic Board on matters relating to Research and Innovation.
  • Overseeing the University’s strategic approach to Research and Innovation, including the to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and any future research quality assessment exercises.
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of institutional policy, procedure and guidance in respect of Research Governance, Environment, Ethics, Doctoral and Early Career Researcher development, and to make recommendations to the Academic Board.
  • Receive and considering reports from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Director of Research, and Graduate Schools Sub-Committee and Ethics Sub-Committee.
  • Receiving reports from Schools considering strategic and policy issues relating to Research and Innovation.


  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Chair)
  • Vice Chancellor (Ex officio)
  • Pro Vice Chancellor (Partnerships and Region)
  • Director of Research
  • Director of Employer Partnerships
  • Head of Graduate School
  • Chair of Research Ethics Committee
  • Head of the Professoriate
  • Dean (or representative) of each School
  • Librarian with Research Portfolio
  • Representative from Digital Services
  • Representative from Estates
  • Representative from ECRs
  • Member nominated by the Students’ Union
  • Officer support (a member of RIIS)

University Research Ethics Committee

Terms of Reference

The University Research Ethics Committee is responsible for;

  • Overseeing the effective and efficient ethical review of any research carried out under the auspices of Staffordshire University.
  • Monitoring and reviewing University policies and procedures governing the ethical scrutiny and conduct of research and recommending proposals for their development to the University Research and Innovation Committee.
  • Receiving and considering high-risk and complex ethics review applications as referred by the School Ethics Review Coordinator, including those where a consensus cannot be reached by a School’s College of Reviewers and Ethics Review Coordinator. To receive and consider any project applications deferred by the NHS Independent Peer Review (IPR) panel.
  • Convening a panel to receive and consider appeals lodged against a School’s ethical review decisions.
  • Receiving and considering annual research ethics report from each school with a view to offering advice and recommendations as appropriate and to report to the University Research and Innovation Committee on any policy issues or outstanding difficulties identified.
  • Undertaking and overseeing an annual Ethical Review Audit, in accordance with a schedule complied by the Quality Enhancement Service. To receive and monitor a School’s action plan to address issues identified by the audit and to disseminate recommendation of good practice to other areas of the university.


  • Chair (appointed by the Vice Chancellor)
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Ex Officio)
  • Director of Research (Ex Officio)
  • Ethics review coordinator (1 per School)
  • Coordinator of Independent Peer Review Panel
  • Student Representative
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Lay member
  • Officer support (a member from RIIS)

Graduate School Committee

Terms of Reference

The Graduate School Committee is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the governance of all Research Degrees carried out under the auspices of Staffordshire University, namely all MPhil and PhD degree courses and the research stage of all Professional Doctorates.
  • Overseeing the approval of admission, progression, examination and award of all Research Degrees and to receive and approve all applications for changes of Research students’ circumstances including supervision arrangements, study mode, extensions and intermissions.
  • Reporting on admissions, progression and completion data to the Research and Innovation Committee, and in addition presenting an annual monitoring report of research degrees provision; reporting to the School Academic Committees on matters requiring School action. Referring strategic or policy issues involving research degrees to the Institute Committee.
  • Overseeing the training and professional development to Research Degree students and supervisors, provided by the Graduate School.
  • Convening and overseeing a ‘steering group’ for liaison with student representatives and for planning and organising Graduate School events.


  • Head of the Graduate School (Chair)
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Ex officio)
  • Director of Research (Ex officio)
  • One representative from each school.
  • Librarian with Research Portfolio
  • Representative from Digital Services
  • Representative from Estates
  • Representative from Quality and Enhancement Services
  • Officer support (Research administrator)

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