The ESRC Council is our senior decision-making body. It is made up of members from business, civil society and the public sector, as well as representatives from the academic community. Council delegates responsibility for policy delivery and the day-to-day management of the organisation to the Office, through the Chief Executive.
Experiences of Research Council members
RCUK has commissioned a short film showing current and former members of a number of the Research Council boards talking about their experiences as a member, the benefits, how they have contributed; and what is required as a member. The film emphasises the need for a diverse membership on our respective Councils, and can be viewed on the Films and podcasts page of the RCUK website.
Committees, colleges and panels
Both Council and the Office take advice on strategy, policy development and delivery from two standing advisory committees that cover the broad remit of our activity: the Capability Committee and the Research Committee. Each advisory committee is chaired by a member of Council.
Advice on the effectiveness of management of our procedures and internal control systems is provided by the Audit Committee.
Delivery of our research and related activity is supported by a Peer Review College and Grant Assessment Panels and groups.
The ESRC Council delegates day-to-day responsibility for the allocation of funds, management of current research investments, and development of policy and strategy to our Directors group. The Directors group includes our Chief Executive, Directors and Deputy Directors.
Our Chief Executive is responsible for the implementation of our policies and decisions, and for the overall management of the ESRC Office.
We have around 130 staff working across several teams.
Declarations of interest
Council, committee and panel members are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might conceivably conflict with the interests of the ESRC. These interests are updated annually and are open to public inspection.