Research Staff Forum

Audience: Academic staff, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors

Date: Monday 21 October 2024

Times: 14.00 to 15.30

Key details: Join the Research staff Forum Reps, VP (Research), and other key colleagues who support researchers across the University.

Target audience

Research Staff Forum Reps / All Research Staff / University Staff involved in supporting researchers

Course information

Join the Research Staff Forum Reps, Vice-Principal (Research, Collections, and Innovation) Prof Tom Brown and other key colleagues who support researchers across the University, for the January Open Forum.

Open forum for Research Staff Forum Reps, all members of Research Staff and those who manage / support them.


To submit any final questions for the team, please contact your local Forum Rep or e-mail the Research Staff Forum team directly. 

Forum Reps are welcome to add agenda items to the 365 Team.

Would you like to become a School Research Staff Rep or a Deputy Rep? 

E-mail the Research Staff Forum team


The Research Staff Forum has been a long-standing group, chaired by the Vice Principal for Research and attended by Research Staff Reps and PIs from Schools across the University. The original focus of the group was to support the University's commitment to the 2008 Researcher Development Concordat and has evolved over the years to become an important space for addressing researcher employability, recognition and policy development.

In November 2019, the Forum was reviewed and refreshed with a renewed focus. The format going forward is that of an open forum. In addition to Forum Reps being welcome to attend, all research staff are welcome to book their place and view agendas beforehand. 

In December 2020, the University became a signatory to the updated 2019 Researcher Development Concordat, which has three main principles:

  • Environment and culture - Excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive ?research culture
  • Employment - Researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise and value their contributions
  • Professional and career development - Professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential

These principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups, fundersinstitutionsresearchers and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the Concordat. 

Going forward the Research Staff Forum will play a vital role in informing the actions that will build on these principles. 



  • Explore key local, national and international issues relating to research staff
  • Encourage discussion of such issues to take place among key University staff 
  • Influence St Andrews policy and practice and help to improve the research and teaching experience at St Andrews 
  • Allow networking among researchers and education focused staff from different areas of the University 
  • Engage proactively in the ongoing work to maintain and develop the HR Excellence and Athena Swan Awards 
  • Ensure career and skills development for research and teaching staff are given a high priority in the staff development agenda at St Andrews 


Professor Tom Brown

Elaine Furnivall

Louise Milne


Lower College Hall

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