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Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Committee Business vacancy

The Scottish Funding Council is seeking to appoint a new representative to provide insight and knowledge from a business and/or industry perspective to its Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. This is an established role on the Committee and has become vacant due to end of term.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who can demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • Experience in a business or industry-focused organisation in a senior or leadership role and as a champion of innovation.
  • Knowledge and experience of the HE/business landscape and policy interface.
  • A relevant background in, or experience of, working with a Scottish Higher Education Institute (HEI) and preferably, but not essentially, with one of SFC’s investments.
  • Critical thinking, for example in a formal committee or board context.
  • Being active in the current business environment with a UK wide and, ideally, international perspective.

University research and innovation policy can appear complex, particularly to business and industry collaborators, and SFC aims to lower barriers to understanding and involvement. Briefing information and advice will be available to new business members as required to support their contributions.


SFC invests in excellent research and innovation that adds to current knowledge, delivers economic and societal value, enhances Scotland’s international reputation and attractiveness, and makes the world around us prosperous, healthier and more sustainable. We deliver strategies, infrastructure and investment that will secure excellent, impactful, connected and sustainable research and innovation in Scotland, now and into the future.

This is an exciting opportunity to support Scotland’s research infrastructure amidst a changing landscape which includes the implementation of SFC’s Review of Tertiary Education and Research, the Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation, developments in UK R&D policy and international collaborations.

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) has a role to respond to, recommend and advise the Council on research and knowledge exchange strategy, policy and funding issues relevant to Scottish higher education institutions and colleges. These broad areas of advice include (but are not limited to):

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

The Committee generally meets 4/5 times per year. Members may, on occasion, be asked to attend related meetings and events where appropriate. Meetings are likely to be virtual using Microsoft teams with one meeting per year being in person. See more information on the committee, along with past papers and minutes.

Members may claim a small fee for attending meetings and SFC will pay travel expenses in line with Council policy. Applications from under-represented groups, including women, minority ethnic backgrounds and persons with a disability, are particularly welcomed.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information and further information

A CV and a one-page summary demonstrating the relevance of your experience/background to the work of the Committee should be sent by email to Jenny Jamieson, Clerk to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, SFC by 12noon on Friday 28 October 2022, email: Questions about the vacancy can also be emailed to Jenny Jamieson at this address.

SFC Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

SFC attaches importance to equality and diversity and where possible work to create an environment that provides equality of opportunity for all individuals. Please complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form [DOC] (also available in PDF) and return it with your application. This information will help us to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity Policy.

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