CS Research Advisory Group (RAG)

General Remit:

  • To maintain a forum for discussion of research strategy (and related matters) at a Departmental level.
  • To deal with Department-specific issues which are beyond the remit of College/Theme RAG-equivalent bodies.
  • To help facilitate implementation of College/Theme research strategy at a local level; to interface between the College/Theme and the Department to clarify and, where required, resolve issues.
  • Assist CS academic staff to be best prepared for the next research assessment exercise (REF2020).


Specific Functions:

  • To develop strategies to improve research productivity, output and impact.  
  • To advise the Department Board of possible changes to Department structure that would strengthen the research potential of the parties involved.
  • To oversee issues relating to the Department’s core equipment.
  • To serve as a body to formally resolve local scientific/research issues and grievances.


Elevation of Output & Impact for REF2020:

Closer to the time of submission for REF2020,the advisory group (RAG) will have in place a proactive scheme in place to help academic staff improve their Output and Impact returns for REF. Limited departmental funds will be available to support (i) research ongoing or nearing completion or (ii) the further development of an impact case study, the output/impact of which could be elevated to 3* or better with some further work, for which currently there is not the required funding or manpower.


Group Composition:

Currently the Research Advisory Group consists of CS Deputy Head of Department & key research leads, taking extra expert advice where necessary.

  • Dr. G Don Jones:    Deputy Head of Department (Chairman) & Radiation Research Lead
  • Professor Karen Brown:   Chemoprevention Lead
  • Professor Jacqui Shaw:   Early Detection Lead
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