Research Staff Representation and Working Party

‌‌Welcome from Professor Deborah Wilson, Chair of the Working Party

“Whether you are new to the University or a long-standing member of our research community, a warm welcome to the Research Staff Hub. Communications across an organisation as diverse as the University of Bristol are a crucial part of our individual and collective successes, and of course an ever-present challenge to maintain and improve. As a member of an essential component of the University’s reputation and influence it is vital that your views and opinions feed into the University's decisions and processes. The University has therefore established a Research Staff Working Party and associated Committee structure to promote and support the careers and working environment of externally-funded and early career research staff.

As Chair of the Working Party and a Faculty Research Director I am committed to facilitate our research endeavours and firmly believe that this representative structure can have a real impact in influencing both the research staff agenda and the University’s broader strategic vision. I therefore encourage you all to talk to your school representatives if you think there is an issue that needs to be heard. Your engagement will support our aim to make the University of Bristol an excellent working environment for all research staff.”

The Research Staff Working Party

The Research Staff Working Party meets three times per year and is chaired by Professor Deborah Wilson, Faculty Research Director. Minutes of the previous meetings are available. This group reports to the University Research Committee. Full terms of reference and membership are available.

The Research Staff Reps Committee

The Research Staff Reps Committee represents research staff from across the institution and facilitates engagement within the University. The committee meets six times a year, either side of the Working Party meetings. Additional meetings may be arranged to discuss or consult upon specific topics of importance. Minutes of the previous meetings are available. 

Research Staff Representatives (reps) from each school make up the committee membership and are in place to provide the link between research staff and the central University structure. They facilitate communication – both locally where they work and across Faculties between research staff and the wider research and academic community. The Chair and three other Reps are also part of the Working Party.

Each school is encouraged to have a representative who will: