Recruitment Process and Expectations of Members

The Strategic Advisory Network provides the EPSRC Executive with strategic advice to develop and implement plans and to make appropriate recommendations to EPSRC Council.  The Network is a flexible resource, enabling the Executive to obtain the advice required in a timely fashion, drawing on a range of perspectives from across EPSRC’s key stakeholder groups including academia, business, third sector and Government.

This advice stream has increased relevance to EPSRC as part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). EPSRC needs ever more timely advice in order to adapt and react to the new landscape, funding streams and in preparing and implementing the new Strategic Delivery plan (as required under the Higher Education and Research Act 2017).

The Role

Members are drawn from the breadth of EPSRC’s stakeholder group.  They are expected to bring a broad strategic view and to act as ‘generous generalists’, advising our portfolio.  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.

Applications will be assessed based on the evidence presented in their applications which addresses the person specification. For advice on how to present evidence against the criteria mentioned, a helpful guide is available on the UK Government Competency Framework Guidance

Operation and Expectation 

Appointments will generally be for three years initially, with the possibility of extension. 

Members are paid a fee for each activity they are involved with and, when attending physical meetings, are reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses

An annual meeting of the whole Network is convened in the autumn, which is called the All-SAN Conference, however the Network is most often deployed in sub-sets/working groups, brought together to address specific questions and/or to explore and test new strategies and policies as they are developed.

The size of each sub-set/working group varies according to need, but groups of around six members are typical. These bring together a range of perspectives from across the representative stakeholder groupings. However, the Executive will select each sub-set membership as appropriate to the topic or issue in question.  In some cases the Executive will bring in additional external expertise where it is not available from within the current Network membership. 

It is expected that SAN members will need to commit to between 2 and 8 days to SAN work per year (including the All-SAN Conference). Every effort will be made to support remote participation to SAN activities, if this is appropriate 

Recruitment Process 

There is an annual recruitment exercise for the SAN, the next exercise is currently scheduled for early 2019. Details of this will be posted on our news and call sections of the EPSRC website. 

Applicants will be expected to provide evidence on how they meet specific criteria, details of which will be available at the time of advertising.

The application requirements include: 

  • Basic information and contact details for the nominee, including title, name, current position, organisation, telephone numbers and email address.
  • Answers to questions, which capture why you or the person you are nominating would be suitable as a member of the SAN.
  • A CV (no longer than 2 sides of A4) containing details of the nominee’s professional qualifications, research, work experience and/or other relevant experience.
  • EPSRC operates a policy of equality and fair treatment.  We aim to ensure that all applications are treated fairly, regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or disability. Individuals are asked to supply equal opportunities information which is not seen by the Selection Committee.
  • Shortlisting will be based on the applicants alignment to the criteria detailed in the application pack.