The Research Degrees Committee is responsible to the Research Committee for strategy, policy and regulations relating to research degrees and higher doctorates. It has delegated authority from Research Committee for research degree and higher doctorate policy, and for monitoring standards and promoting excellence in the research degrees programme.
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The Research Degrees Examination Results Approval Committee is responsible to the Research Degrees Committee, in accordance with the delegated authority of the Senate, for the approval of research degree examination results and the award of The Open University research degrees, and for making recommendations to Research Degrees Committee on matters of policy relating to examination of research degrees.
The Human Research Ethics Committee, on behalf of the Research Committee, advises the University on ethical considerations relating to research involving humans, including granting or withholding favourable opinion on the ethical aspects of research proposals.
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For more information about formal University Committees, refer to the Committee Pages on the OU Intranet.
The Institutional Review Team, established by and reporting to the Research Committee, reviews the quality of The Open University’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 submission, makes recommendations on its development and content and provides feedback to the University’s Unit of Assessment Panels.
The Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body advises and reports to The Open University Establishment Licence Holder about research involving animals.
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The Research Board is an advisory group to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (PVC-RES) on the management of research and enterprise at the OU, including the effective implementation of The Open University’s Research & Enterprise Plan 2018-2023 (internal only).
Where there are governance implications, the Research Board often makes an initial recommendation prior to the business being presented to the Research Committee, which has formal governance responsibility.
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers Steering Group develops and monitors progress with The Open University’s Concordat Implementation Plan, reporting to the Research Committee and externally to Vitae.
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The Gender Equality Steering Group is responsible for oversight of the development of applications for Athena SWAN accreditation, progression of the associated action plans, and for considering and recommending to the University actions and developments aimed at improving the University’s provision for the development of women’s careers. The Group reports regularly to Research Committee on its activities relating to women in research.
The Graduate School Academic Board is concerned with the strategic management and operation of The Open University’s research degree programmes delivered directly and with partners.
The Affiliated Research Centre Management Group is responsible to the relevant regulatory authorities, Research Degrees Committee and the Graduate School, for matters relating to the management of students registered for Open University research degrees through Affiliated Research Centres (ARCs).