Research Leaders Group

Enabling senior colleagues in university research to share ideas and experience and enhance the international development of Early Career Researchers.

Research Leaders standing on some steps

This group, formerly known as the PVC (Research) Group, was established in 2004. Members have a variety of titles, including, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Vice Principal Research, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and  Executive Director Research. This group welcomes all senior U21 colleagues who are involved with research to participate.

From the outset, the group has held regular meetings as a forum to share experiences, discuss future plans and formulate strategies about how best to utilise the U21 network to the benefit of individual and shared research agendas. 

In 2012, the Research Collaboration Group was established to share knowledge and best practice on international collaboration and funding streams. This group is made up of senior research administrators and research development/partnerships managers. Further information can be found on the Research Collaboration Group page

Terms of Reference

  • To promote U21 research aims and objectives within our institutions.
  • To identify funding opportunities at institutional and national levels in support of U21 research activities.
  • To identify opportunities to develop research networks and projects addressing global challenges within the U21 consortium and take action to initiate them.
  • To identify best practice in research organisation, management, performance assessment and portfolio development and promote it within our institutions.
  • To promote best practice in research career development from research student to senior research leader.
  • To identify and support mechanisms for promoting research internationalisation at PGR and ECR career stages.
  • To organise workshops and small-scale conferences to promote the aims of the Group.
  • To ensure that research policies within U21 member institutions facilitate the exchange of staff and students

For more information on this group, including its members, please follow the links below.

Chair of the Group

The Chair of the U21 Research Leaders group is Professor Pedro Bouchon, Vice-President of Research at UC Chile.


Representative Group