Recruitment of Council Members - Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Ref: 4692/6

UK Research and Innovation


Apply Now

Role Managed by:

Cara Hirst

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6253


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: An annual honorarium payment of £6,850 will be paid to eligible Council members

Closing Date: 23/07/2021

UK Research and Innovation, Council Members

UK Research and Innovation, the UK’s leading research funding agency, is seeking to appoint Council members across six of the seven Research Councils and Research England. Each Council is led by an Executive Chair, supported by a council of between five and twelve members.

The Councils have a pivotal role in ensuring the success of UK Research and Innovation, helping us to achieve our strategic objectives to be the single, strong voice of UK research and innovation, and building on our world-leading reputation.

Council members are appointed by the Nominations and Remuneration Committee on behalf of the UKRI Board, on the recommendation of the Executive Chair and with the endorsement of the Chief Executive Officer. The exact membership will take into account the specific needs of each Council.

The Council members will between them have a broad range of expertise and experience in research and innovation across higher education, industry, commerce, policy and/or civil society and the relevant user communities for each Council, reflecting different characteristics and professional backgrounds.

UK Research and Innovation

Established in 2018, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a non-departmental public body, bringing together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. UKRI is charged with maximising the value from £7.5 billion of the UK Government's investment in research and innovation. An Arms' Length Body with a strong voice for research and innovation, both to government and internationally, UKRI is supported and challenged by an independent chair and board. UKRI is principally funded through the Science and Research Budget by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

As well as the nine distinct Councils, UK Research and Innovation also comprises a strategic, analytic and corporate hub to help facilitate developing multidisciplinary activity and joint working between the Councils.

The Research Councils

In this recruitment round we are looking to appoint members to the following Councils:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Research England (RE)

Role Descriptor

Council members responsibilities include:

  • Support and challenge the Executive Chair to ensure the effective delivery of the council's mission and implementation of their Strategic Delivery Plan;
  • Support the council Executive Team in managing risk and providing assurance, in relation to large investments, and where applicable Institutes;
  • Actively participate in council business, providing robust scrutiny, advice and challenge;
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion in all activities undertaken and challenge any lack of regard for this;
  • Champion environmental sustainability in all activities undertaken and challenge any lack of regard for this;
  • Take on ad hoc assignments where appropriate, such as membership or chairing of subgroups, and task and finish groups;
  • Act as an ambassador/advocate, supporting UKRI’s vision and their domain area’s importance to society;
  • Operate across the remit of the council rather than as an advocate for specific domains or sub-domains;
  • Engage with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs;
  • Encourage and facilitate collaborative work across the councils to foster strategic relationships;
  • Participate in the council's evaluation and planning activities;
  • Highlight opportunities for UKRI;
  • If necessary, raise concerns about the operation of the council or, where policies and programmes do not appear to align with the Strategic Delivery Plan, with the Executive Chair and the Senior Independent Member;
  • Provide other ad-hoc advice and support to the council and Executive Team in the development of policy and practice;
  • Declare conflicts of interest and, subject to the Executive Chair’s judgement, withdraw from discussions where a potential conflict arises.

Your Application

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following documents:

  • Comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements. Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
  • Supporting statement (maximum two sides A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out, with clear examples, how you meet the essential criteria as highlighted in the Person Specification. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application, it is an evidence-based document and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV. Please include where you heard about this role. e.g.: Perrett Laver, Council & UKRI Websites, Guardian Online, Diversity Jobsite, Civil Service Jobs, LinkedIn, Other - please specify.

For a detailed person-specification, including Council-specific critera, please download the Applicant Pack.

You will also be asked to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form as part of your application.

UKRI believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed within an ethical and trusted working environment that enables them to do so and that is attractive and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with them.

UKRI also values diversity of thought and experience and is committed to creating systems that value difference so that everyone can feel welcomed, included and nurtured. 

For further information, please visit UKRI’s web page ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  

The closing date for applications is 17.00pm BST on Friday 23rd July 2021

Time requirement: up to 20 days per year.

Remuneration: An annual honorarium payment of £6,850 will be paid to eligible Council members. This is premised on an expected 20 days contribution per year, to include regular meeting attendance. Government officials, civil or public, are not permitted to receive an honoraria payment.

Protecting your personal data is of the utmost importance to Perrett Laver and we take this responsibility very seriously. Any information obtained by our trading divisions is held and processed in accordance with the relevant data protection legislation. The data you provide us with are securely stored on our computerised database and transferred to our clients for the purposes of presenting you as a candidate and/or considering your suitability for a role you have registered interest in.

As defined under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Perrett Laver is a Data Controller and a Data Processor, and our legal basis for processing your personal data is ‘Legitimate Interests’. You have the right to object to us processing your data in this way. For more information about this, your rights, and our approach to Data Protection and Privacy, please visit our website