Research Governance describes the way in which the University manages the research process.
At the University of Hertfordshire, the Academic Board oversees all Academic Policies and procedures related to research. The Academic Development Committee, University Research Committee and the Research Degrees Board are Committees of the Academic Board.
The Academic Development Committee is responsible to the Academic Board for the Development of the University's undergraduate and taught postgraduate provision and for its research degrees portfolio.
The University Research Committee advises and make recommendations to the Board on all matters relating to research in the University, taking due cognisance of the responsibilities of the Research Degrees Board and the Academic Development Committee.
The Research Degrees Board approves, subject to formal ratification by the Academic Board through its Standing Working Party on University Policies and Regulations, the regulations for the award of all research degrees of the University of Hertfordshire, other than higher doctorate degrees.
University Policies and Regulations
The UPR series is the principal means by which the University of Hertfordshire publishes its institutional policies, procedures and regulations. The UPRs relating to research include:
- Data Management Policy – IM12
- Intellectual Property – CA04
- Research – RE03
- Research Degrees – Generic Institutional Regulations – AS10
- Research Misconduct – RE02
- Research Studentships – RE05
- Studies Involving the use of Human Participants – RE01
The University also has a Guide to Good Practice in Research.
Research Management Structure
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Professor John Senior, leads University research. He is Chair of the University Research Committee, and has overall responsibility for the delivery of research degrees in the institution.
Reporting directly to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) are the Director of Research Degrees and the University Doctoral College, Dr Susan Grey and the Head of the Research Office, Dr Catherine Manthorpe. In addition the six Research Theme Champions, who have responsibility for leading and coordinating each of the Themes, report to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).
Legal and Compliance Services
The University's Legal and Compliance Services is headed by Mr Alex Hall, Director of Legal and Compliance and University Solicitor. Intellectual Property and Contract Support (IPACS) supports University staff with intellectual property or contracting matters relating to commercial or academic engagement with external bodies.
Clinical Trials Support Network Standard Operating Procedures
The University's Clinical Trials Support Network (CTSN) provides advice and assistance to University of Hertfordshire staff and students as well as NHS clinicians and researchers in all aspects of the management and conduct of clinical trials. There is a suite of Standard Operating Procedures for clinical trials sponsored/co-sponsored by the University.