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Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee has a role to respond to, recommend and advise the Council board on research and knowledge exchange strategy, policy and funding issues relevant to Scottish higher education institutions and colleges (taking into account the international dimension), with broad areas of advice including but not limited to:

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  • Providing regular analyses of the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and threats in the areas of research and innovation support, taking a broad view.
  • Providing regular and timely advice to the Council on prioritisation, in the use of the Council's resources to maximise the delivery of the strategic plan and to address Scottish Government outcomes.
  • Working with enterprise agencies and other stakeholders to give Council advice on a strategy for innovation and support of knowledge exchange for sustainable economic growth.
  • Identifying opportunities for Council to consider interventions to leverage significant resource into Scotland in support of research and/or knowledge exchange.


Council members

External members

  • Professor Anne Anderson
    Formerly Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.
  • Dr Caroline Cantley
    Executive Director, Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering.
  • Professor Nicholas Fyfe
    Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee.
  • Dr Alicia Greated
    CEO of Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd.
  • Dr Jano van Hemert
    Research Director, Optos.
  • Professor Julian Jones
    Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University.
  • Professor Andy Porter
    Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Aberdeen.
  • Ms Sara Rae
    Assistant Principal, Enterprise and Skills, West College Scotland.
  • Dr Helen Reddy
    Director of Research & Innovation Services, University of St Andrews.
  • Professor Jonathan Seckl
    Vice Principal Planning, Resources & Research Policy, University of Edinburgh.

Other member

  • Professor Wayne Powell. Convener, Universities Scotland Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee.


  • Morven Cameron, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
  • Helen Cross, Head of Strategy Co-ordination at UKRI.
  • Alison Munro, Scottish Enterprise.
  • Carolyn Reeve, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (UK Government).
  • Dr Pieter van de Graaf, Scottish Government.