Strategic Advisory Bodies membership

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Recruitment to our Strategic Advisory Bodies: Person Specification & Selection Process

The EPSRC is seeking applications from respected industrialists, academics, users of research and individuals working in the third sector and government organisations to join EPSRC's Strategic Advisory Bodies to start in January 2019.  Closing date is 01 August 2018 at 16.00 Hours.  Please ensure that your application has been submitted before this time. The term “Strategic Advisory Bodies” covers EPSRC Theme Strategic Advisory Teams (SAT), the Fusion Advisory Board (FAB) and Cross-Research Council Programmes the Energy Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board (PAB).

Strategic Advisory Teams provide Heads of Theme at EPSRC with strategic advice to help develop their theme. The Energy Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board (PAB) perform the same function for the respective cross-Research Council Programmes. These bodies consist of up to 16 members, depending on the needs of the Theme / Programme. They are devised as a flexible resource, enabling Heads of Theme to obtain the advice they need in a timely manner, drawing on a range of perspectives from across our key stakeholder groups. Further information and terms of reference for SATs can be found on the EPSRC website. Further information on the Energy SAC /and the Digital Economy PAB can be found on the UK Research Innovation/EPSRC website.

Each Theme's Strategic Advisory Body meets at least two times per year. Additionally, we hold conferences to bring Strategic Advisory Bodies from all Themes together. Strategic Advisory Bodies members may also be asked to take part in other EPSRC business (or that of other Councils as appropriate), including but not limited to workshops, advisory groups for specific activities and peer-review prioritisation panels.

We will be looking for suitable individuals to guide and advise as theme experts. We seek the widest participation: you can be full-time or part-time, on sabbatical or a career break, academic or researcher, based in academia, industry, the third sector or government organisation. You will not be required to act as representative of your own organisation but rather as someone with an expert command of a particular theme that is free of bias.

Particular vacancies in themes can be specified to be either academic, industry/user or open. This is to ensure a balance of representation across each theme.

Diversity

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities. Appointments to the SAT/SAC/PAB are made on merit. However, we are keen to obtain greater diversity in its membership. Applications from women, those with a disability, members of minority ethnic groups, and other groups who are currently under-represented on the boards, are therefore especially welcome.

We would particularly hope to continue improving the gender balance of the boards in keeping with EPSRC's overall goal of achieving at least 30% participation of women (as the underrepresented group) in EPSRC strategic bodies. Current representation across all SATs, SACs and PABs is 33%.

EPSRC has developed guidelines to highlight the support available to researchers with caring responsibilities, which are available here: 

Role and person specification: 

SAT Members are drawn from EPSRC's academics and non-academic stakeholders. SAC and PAB members are also drawn from these groups, as well as the stakeholder groupings of other relevant Research Councils. Members of all strategic advisory bodies are expected to bring a broad strategic view to bear and to act as 'generous generalists', advising across the breadth of EPSRC's portfolio and the portfolios of other Councils where appropriate.

Members are not required to act as representatives of their own organisation, research area or sector, and are expected to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

The specific requirements sought are:

  • Expertise relevant to the vacancy (/vacancies) applied for. This could be in: advancing knowledge, delivering impact, stakeholder engagement, community leadership and/or meeting the needs of business and/or society.
  • Ability to take a strategic overview of issues relevant to the Theme(s) applied for. Issues may relate to one or more of: research, skills and training, international context, impact, innovation, research infrastructure and interdisciplinary work.
  • Preparedness to develop, test and constructively challenge EPSRC and UK Research & Innovation policies, in a flexible, adaptable, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Willingness to represent the views of the research, innovation and business community, and facilitate two-way communication between the community and EPSRC and UK Research & Innovation.
  • Capacity to devote sufficient time to the role and backing/support from organisation. Please refer to the Terms of Reference.

Applications

Applications for the SAT will be made through an application form. Self-applications are sought from individuals who feel they are able to meet the requirements set out above.

Unlike previous rounds, this year we are asking all applicants to apply individually; nominations from colleagues or organisation will not be possible. Universities, businesses, learned societies and other key stakeholder groups should continue to encourage and support suitable colleagues to apply.

If you require further information on the vacancies or the work of the SATs, please contact the individuals named for each Theme. If you require further information on the recruitment process, please email EPSRCSATNominations@epsrc.ukri.org .

Applications must be received by 16.00 on 01 August 2018. The application form will automatically close at this time (even if an application is being worked on).

The selection process will consist of two steps:

Step 1

A short-list of recommended candidates will be determined by the Head of Theme, working on behalf of the Executive. The short-list will be based on the following considerations:

Candidates will be assessed against the essential criteria internally. The following will be considerations when making appointments:

  • Match to the essential criteria in the person specification, based on the evidence provided;
  • Out of applications meeting the essential criteria, ensuring diversity of membership from across organisations including academia, industry and other stakeholders, with a balance of expertise and institutional representation, and a gender balance in line with our ambition of achieving at least 30% participation of the underrepresented gender across SATs.

The recruitment process will consider the balance across the emerging SAT and may, where candidates are of equal merit, prioritise candidates based on gender underrepresentation. Heads of Theme will also seek to achieve an appropriate distribution across career stages.

In addition, where an existing SAT Chair is standing down, a recommendation for this position will be made by the Head of Theme, acting on behalf of the Executive.

Step 2

A sub-committee of Council, the Appointments Assurance Committee, will be asked to ratify that the appropriate processes have been followed by the Executive prior to appointment of SAT/SAC/PAB members.

Tips for your Application:

  • Assessment of your suitability for the post is made on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Please note: no other information will be used so applicants should take care to address all criteria. Think about how you address each of the selection criteria – don't just copy and paste from your website. While there is no minimum word count, you must provide adequate evidence to justify your suitability.
  • Don't just provide a list of your previous positions – we want to know what skills you used in that position.
  • Consider using the STAR approach to your answers – describe the Situation, what your Task was, how you Approached it and what the Result was.
  • Treat all of the questions as equally important.
  • If you are applying for two positions, please ensure your application covers your suitability for both positions.
  • Have a look at the current SAT members to see the type of people we have recruited in the past.

For a list of vacancies, please visit the vacancies web page.