Research and Policy Staff Committee


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Terms of reference

1.         Title of Committee: Research and Policy Staff Committee (RPSC)

2.         Status of Committee: Sub-Committee of the Appointments Committee.

3.         Responsibilities delegated to the Research and Policy Staff Committee by the Appointments Committee:

3.1       To consider matters relating to the employment and management of research and policy staff; to oversee the implementation of policies, procedures and processes agreed by the School and to monitor and evaluate their effectiveness. 

3.2       To be responsible for implementing the School's strategy for managing and supporting research and policy staff.   

3.3       To be the School body with responsibility for implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers; analysing gaps in provision for research and policy staff and devising measures and actions necessary to address them. 

3.4       As an outcome of 3.2 and 3.3 above, to monitor and evaluate progress in implementing and delivering objectives related to implementing School Strategy/the Concordat. 

3.5       To have oversight of policy and procedures pertaining to the School's arrangements for employment and management of research and policy staf (including recruitment and retention, career progression and promotion, and contribution-related reward) to review and report annually to the Appointments Committee on the operation of these arrangements and to make recommendations as appropriate on developments or changes to policy and procedures.

3.6       To ensure that the views of research and policy staff are represented in the development of policies, procedures and processes impacting this group of staff.

3.7       To improve, through working with other committees and bodies, the School's understanding of the needs of research and policy staff with a view to ensuring best practice and continuous improvement of services. E.g. Research Committee, Research Centre Directors' Forum, Staff Consultative Council.   

3.8       To keep under review external policy developments, legislation, research findings and survey outcomes relevant to research and policy staff careers and professional development, to ensure the School's arrangements are compliant and benchmarked for best practice.  

3.9       To receive and analyse information and data on the composition of the research and policy staff group and to identify and evaluate any issues or trends which may require further investigation or onward referral. 

3.10.    To have oversight of equality and diversity issues as they pertain to research and policy staff; to be proactive in evaluating potential impacts of School policies and procedures on research and policy staff; where appropriate, to make recommendations to the appropriate committees to address  equality and diversity issues. 

3.11.    To consider and make recommendations on any other policy matters or issues which have a direct bearing on its work that may be referred to it by senior staff - e.g. the Director, Pro Directors, VCAC and other School committees/fora.

4.         Frequency of Meetings

4.1       Three meetings per session – i.e. one meeting per term.  The Summer Term meeting date will be used if required.  Meeting dates are published in the School meetings’ Calendar.

5.         Arrangements for the Research and Policy Staff Committee to report to Appointments Committee on the exercise of its delegated authority:

5.1       The Research and Policy Staff Committee shall report annually to the Appointments Committee on its determinations and any significant policy issues, in the Summer term. 

5.2       The Committee shall report to other School committees/fora as appropriate regarding any relevant issues.

5.3       Decisions can be taken by the Committee by correspondence and email. 

6.         Quorum

6.1       The quorum is 50% of members, plus one member.

Approved by: Appointments Committee - 5 June 2019




Term of Office

Professor Niamh Moloney

Vice Chair of Appointments Committee (Chair)

Ex officio

Professor Charles Stafford

Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Faculty Development)

Ex officio 

Professor Susana Mourato

Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research)

Ex officio 

Indi Seehra

Director, Human Resources Division

Ex officio 

Dr Jen Fensome

Director, Research and Innovation Division 

Ex officio 

Dr Claire Gordon

Director, Eden Centre for Education Enhancement 

Ex officio 

Anne Clinton - Interim Director (Lizzie Darlington on maternity leave)

LSE Careers Service Director

Ex officio 

Professor Bingchun Meng

Director, PhD Academy

Ex officio 

Catarina Heeckt

Chair of the Research Staff Association 

Ex officio 

Dr Magdalena Walbaum

Chair of the Early Career Researcher Network 

Ex officio 

Dr Jasmine Virhia

Co- Chair of the Early Career Researcher Network



UCU LSE Representative* 1

Ex officio

Professor Patrick Sturgis

Head of Academic Department 2



Research Centre Director 3


Dr Michael Muthukrishna

Principal Investigator


Dr Rim Turkmani

Principal Investigator


Dr Misato Sato

Research or Policy Staff Member


Dr Mirko Heinzel

Research or Policy Staff Member



Research or Policy Staff Member


Chiara De Poli

Early Career Research or Policy Staff Member (Research Officer or Policy Officer)


Secretary: Abhi Chakraborty

Organisational Learning, Human Resources


 Regular attendees (as agreed by the Committee):

Jacinta Stevens (Research Staff Development, Organisational Learning, Human Resources)

Raj Lakhani (Human Resources)

Catherine Reynolds (PhD/Researcher Careers Consultant, LSE Careers Service)

Katie Boulton - Nominated representative from the Centre Managers' Forum (2023-2024)

Dr Champa Heidbrink  - Nominated representative from the Academic Unit Managers' Forum (2023-24)

Dr Abigail McKnight- Nominated representative from the Research Centre Directors' Forum

1 Nominated by LSE UCU membership
 Nominated by the Department Heads' Forum

To ensure balance, RPSC membership will be confirmed annually by the Appointments Committee.

Term of Office

The normal term on the Committee is two years.   

Members should be available to play a full role on the Committee during their term of office – i.e. through a commitment to attend three scheduled meetings (one per term) and to contribute to any Committee business outside of meetings.

Schedule of meetings

Autumn Term (AT)

Wednesday 22 November 2023 from 10:30am - 12.30pm

Winter Term (WT)

Wednesday 29th February 2024 from 10:00am - 12.00pm

Spring Term (ST)



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