Postdoctoral Research Committee

Postdoctoral Research Committee

Postdoctoral Research Committee


The Postdoctoral Research Committee has been established to support the alignment of the University's professional and career development provision with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and to oversee the planning and implementation of the HR Excellence in Research Award strategy. It also provides a forum for research staff to engage in interdisciplinary neteworking and community building. It is chaired by the Vice Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange and has representation from research staff in each of the twelve Schools, academic leads, Researcher Development and HR.


  • Develop, monitor and evaluate institutional policy and strategy relating to researcher career development and the Concordat, for research staff at all levels, taking account of the University‚Äôs strategic objectives.
  • Coordinate internal and external review for the HR Excellence in Research Award.
  • Promote the importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, to ensure they are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  • Ensure research staff views are integral to the planning and implementation of new training initiatives.
  • Liaise with relevant internal partners (and identify appropriate leads) to ensure Concordat-related activities within each School are accounted for and can be reported on.
  • Ensure that all development activities achieve optimum engagement and impact, efficient use of resources and deliver value for money.


  • Vice Principal Research and Knowledge Exchange (or nominated Research Dean) (Chair)
  • Researcher Development Adviser (Clerk)
  • Postdoctoral research staff representatives (1 per school and 1 per Institute in SMMSN)
  • HR Manager (or nominated representative)
  • Equality and Diversity Adviser (or nominated representative)
  • Researcher Development Lead, Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Director of Research, Old Aberdeen

Reporting structure

The Postdoctoral Research Committee will report internally to the Research Policy Committee (quarterly). These reports will inform reports to external bodies such as RCUK (Researcher Development funds) and Vitae (HR Excellence Award, Concordat implementation).

Meetings, 2019/20

10.00-11.30, 11 November 2019, A03 Crombie Halls

10.00-11.30, 21 February 2020, A03 Crombie Halls

10.00-11.30, 25 May 2020, A03 Crombie Halls