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Research-funded Staff Forum

Who we are and what we do

This page is aimed at current and future research-funded staff* of the school.

* Here are attempts to convey what we mean by “research-funded staff”:

  • Those whose job is to carry out or facilitate research, but are not “on the faculty” (to put it in US terminology).
  • Those whose salary comes from a grant (typically from research councils, but perhaps through institutions such as NCAS).
  • Most are on short fixed-term contracts (such as post-docs).

Subscribe to the met-pdra (all PDRAs in the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences welcome) email list here

The committee

Forum Chair: Tom Webb

University Research Staff Committee representatives: Steven George

Buddy coordinator: Graeme Marlton 

Departmental house, health and safety committee representative: Alex Baker

Web administrator Sanita Vetra-Carvalho

Minute taker: Joanne Waller

University Department of Mathematics representative: Polly Smith

Duties of the committee members


  • Coordinate the school Research Staff Forum (RSF)
  • For full details click here
  • Information sheet on the Distinguished Visitor Programme, to be given to the DVP coordinator
  • Average time involved: 6-8 hours per term

University Research Staff Committee representatives

  • Attend termly University research staff committee meetings, normally one hour
  • Disseminate any relevant information at the school research staff meeting
  • During a hand over of position ensure that the new representative details are passed to the Chair of the University Research Staff Committee
  • Average time involved: 2 hours per term

Buddy coordinator

  • Allocate buddy for new starters before arrival
  • Send buddy information sheets regarding what should be discussed with new staff
  • Average time involved: 1-2 hours per month

Departmental house, health and safety committee representative

  • Attend termly HHS meeting and pass on any HHS concerns raised by research staff
  • Disseminate any relevant information at the school research staff meeting
  • Average time involved: 2 hours per term

Web administrator

  • Upload mintues (and sometimes the presentation) of the termly meeting to the website
  • Keep list of committe members on website up to date
  • Ad hoc addition of information when required
  • Average time involved: 1 hours per term

Minute taker

  • Attend the termly school RSF meeting and take minutes – if unable to attend on the date find someone to fill in.
  • Compile minutes in consistent format as used previously.
  • Send a pdf of the minutes to the Chair and web rep within two weeks of the meeting.
  • Average time involved: 2 hours per term

Mathematics department representative

  • Attend termly school RSF meeting as the representative of the maths department
  • Raise any issues of concern for mathematics PDRAs
  • Encourage engagement of mathematics PDRAs with the school RSF

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