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Research Staff Forum

The Research Staff Forum has been a long-standing group, chaired by the Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation 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 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and has evolved over the years to become an important space for addressing researcher employability, recognition and policy development.

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


The Forum now meets three times a year, usually at the end of January or early February, end of May and early October.

The most recent Forum took place on Wednesday 25 November 2020. The minutes of the meeting and the Key Messages are available in the 'Agendas, papers and minutes' section.

The next meeting will be held in Spring 2021. Date to be confirmed.

To submit an item for the agenda, please contact your local representative or email the Research Staff Forum team directly (

Forum Reps are welcome to add their agenda items and those of their colleagues to the Research Staff Forum 365 Team in the new 'October Open Forum' channel for collation and review.

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Contract Research Staff who are coming to the end of their contract before 31 May 2021 please see the programme for end of contract Research Staff (PDF) document regarding continued access to development opportunities and email access. Please read through the document and then complete the online form.

View the latest Forum Update.