Research Committee

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Schedule of meetings 2019-20

Wednesday 02 October 2019, 11.30-14.00, room CON 7.05

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 11.30-14.00, room CON 7.05

Monday 20 January 2020, 10.00-12.30, room CON 7.05

Tuesday 17 March 2020, 10.00-12.30, room CON 7.05

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 11.30-14.00, room CON 7.05

Wednesday 03 June 2020, 11.30-14.00, room CON 7.05

Membership 2019-20



 Term of office

 Professor Simon Hix

 Chair: ex officio

 Nicola Wright

 Director of Library Services: ex officio

 Professor Rita Astuti

 Director of the PhD Academy: ex officio

 Professor Max Schulze

 Chair of Research Degrees Sub-committee: ex officio

Professor David Lewis

 Chair of the Research Ethics Committee: ex officio

 Professor Ane Tamayo

 Group 1 Member: to 31.07.20

Dr Kirsten Ainley

 Group 2 Member: to 31.07.21

Dr Robert Simon

 Group 3 Member: to 31.07.21

 Dr Mylene Lagarde

Group 4 Member: to 31.07.21

 Professor Nicola Lacey

 Group 5 Member: to 31.07.22

 Mr Raphael Wittenberg

 Group 6 Member: to 31.07.22

Professor Ricky Burdett 

Research Centre Director: to 31.07.22


Jo Hemmings

Terms of reference

1. The Committee shall encourage and facilitate research appropriate to the School as an academic centre of scholarship and teaching in social studies.

2. In particular, the Committee shall keep under review the research activities of the School and:

(a) seek to initiate and to secure means for the development of research;

(b) develop the research strategy of the School, within the framework approved by Council and set out in the Strategic Plan, taking into account the School’s preparations for the REF and overseeing Departments’ rolling research plans;

(c) have the right to receive for assessment all new proposals for research or for extensions of existing research projects, which involve commitments on School funds and resources, other than the personal research of the staff or research financed from the Staff Research Fund;

(d) make recommendations to the Director concerning proposed applications by the School or by members of the staff to outside bodies for research funds for which, if granted, the School would be accountable;

(e) have the right to receive for assessment annual reports on the use of all research funds and grants for which the School is accountable;

(f) undertake regular reviews of all Research Centres on behalf of the School, in conjunction with appropriate external assessors;

(g) refine research governance and quality measures to monitor school-wide research activities, including advising on and approving departmental peer review systems for research grant proposals.

3. The Committee shall have overall responsibility for ensuring that research undertaken by members of the School is conducted in an ethically sound manner, in accordance with the School’s policy on research ethics and research misconduct. Operational responsibility for research ethics will be discharged via a separate, dedicated committee as appropriate.

4. To oversee and promote the continuing alignment and integration of the School’s knowledge exchange efforts with its commitment to research excellence, by encouraging the use, application and awareness of LSE research in pursuit of impact and to have oversight of the work of the Knowledge Exchange Sub-committee which reports to the Committee annually.

5. To have oversight of the work of the REF Strategy Committee which reports to the Committee annually.

6. To encourage and facilitate the School’s strategy and policy in relation to postgraduate research student activity[1], e.g. by:

(a) developing the LSE PhD, e.g. by considering its place within the School’s overall research strategy and the infrastructure for interdisciplinary research;

(b) overseeing the School’s approach to skills training for research degree students;

(c) developing the School’s strategic approach to PhD studentships including in response to Research Council initiatives – this may include submitting bids to the Research Councils and monitoring Research Council funded programmes if the bids are successful;

(d) assuming overall responsibility for operating the LSE PhD programme, including determining the number of scholarships available in each Department/Institute and by overseeing the work of the PhD Scholarships Awards Panel;

(e) considering proposals for PhD activity in collaboration with other institutions, including in response to Research Council or European Commission initiatives;

(f) ensuring that research undertaken by research degree students is undertaken in an ethically sound manner, including with regard to integrity in data management;

(g) assuming responsibility for developing the status of research degree students within the School.

Mode of operation

Research Committee meets twice per term. Sub-committees may be formed to undertake specific tasks under the Committee’s terms of reference and ad hoc items which may periodically arise. 

Research Committee papers and documents

Research Committee papers
       2019 - 2020 Research Committee papers and documents            
02 October 2019                       Minutes              Research Committee papers          
Research Committee papers
2018 - 2019 Research Committee papers and documents   
6 June 2019                              Minutes              Research Committee papers         
2 May 2019       Minutes        Research Committee papers  
27 March 2019       Minutes        Research Committee papers  
23 January 2019       Minutes        Research Committee papers  
20 November 2018       Minutes        Research Committee papers  
2 October 2018 Minutes Research Committee papers  
Research Committee papers
                 2017 - 2018 Research Committee papers and documents             
 20 June 2018                           Minutes               Research Committee papers         
 3 May 2018       Minutes        Research Committee papers
 1 March 2018       Minutes        Research Committee papers
 18 January 2018       Minutes        Research Committee papers
 23 November 2017       Minutes        Research Committee papers
 5 October 2017       Minutes        Research Committee papers