Governance

WRoCAH is formally constituted as a collaborative project of the three Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, defined by a detailed Memorandum of Agreement. The three Universities will retain their statutory obligations and act within their own ordinances and regulations. The primary function of the Executive Board is to guarantee that WRoCAH can provide a collegial and supportive environment for student development in a framework that is properly sensitive and responsive to the obligations and traditions of each University.

Our management model observes the following principles:

  • Doctoral researcher participation  Doctoral researcher representatives are included in all levels of the management structure, withdrawing only in the case of reserved business.
  • Academic participation  A determinedly inclusive approach to academic participation that ensures representation, objectivity, trust and excellence. In particular, the White Rose Peer Review Group and the Subject Cluster Committees (and their Leaders) will allow academic staff across the three Universities and in all designated subject areas the opportunity to be actively engaged in WRoCAH. They create a pool of expertise essential to maintain the highest academic integrity in the selection of students and to inform WRoCAH’s development.
  • Support services  In each University we will establish two support groups, one in Registry Services and one in Training, Engagement and Careers; these will provide the administrative and professional services that support the work of the Operations Team and the Training and Engagement Group, as outlined below.
  • Full accountability  The management structure provides a series of checks to ensure that WRoCAH acts in accordance with its responsibilities and in compliance with the terms of its funders. All the committees report directly or indirectly to the Executive Board, which (through the Director) has final responsibility for reporting to funders.

Committees

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WRoCAH has a range of committees, the membership, meeting frequency and Terms of Reference for each are outlined below.

Executive Board

Meets annually and reports to White Rose Universities Consortium Executive (comprising Vice Chancellors of each institution). Responsible for overall strategic management; governance and management relationships between WRoCAH and the Universities; strategic liaison with and reporting to funders. Members are:

  • White Rose Universities Chief Executive (chair);
  • AHRC representative;
  • Heads of Arts and Humanities at each White Rose institution;
  • WRoCAH Director;
  • 3 Chairs of Academic Subject Clusters (rotating);
  • 3 Core Partner representatives;
  • 3 doctoral researcher representatives;
  • WRoCAH Manager attends.

Partnership Advisory Board

Meets twice a year and reports to the WRoCAH Executive Board.  Responsible for information and advice on content and delivery of WRoCAH training programme; development of links with collaborators to support Researcher Employability Projects; internationalisation; receives reports from Training and Engagement Group and Studentships Committee and sends forward recommendations to Executive Board.

  • WRoCAH Director (chair);
  • A representative from each Core Partner organisation;
  • 2 representative from the Training and Engagement Group (one for training, one for engagement);
  • 3 doctoral researcher representatives.

Studentships Committee

Meets 4 times per year.  Reports to Executive Board, with responsibility for receiving and ranking AHRC Competition studentship applications from Subject Cluster Committees, decide and award AHRC Competition Studentships; decide distribution of competitive funding; monitor student progress; quality assurance and reporting (via Executive Board) to funders.

  • WRoCAH Director (chair);
  • 7 Academic Subject Cluster Leaders;
  • 3 quality assurance officers;
  • 3 doctoral researcher representatives

Training and Engagement Group

Meets 4 times per year.  Reports to Studentships Committee, with responsibility for co-ordination of generic and subject-specific training at University level and its intersection with WRoCAH training; monitoring of use of WRoCAH funds to support training across and outside Universities; detailed planning and evaluation of Researcher Employability and Knowledge Exchange Projects.

  • WRoCAH Director (chair);
  • WRoCAH Manager;
  • 3 faculty directors of Graduate Studies;
  • 3 senior officers each for Training
  • 3 senior officers each for Engagement,
  • Careers representation;
  • 3 Core Partner representatives;
  • 3 doctoral researcher representatives.

Operations Team

Meets 4 times per year.  Reports to Studentships Committee and is responsible for detailed workstreams for operational and reporting processes; co-ordination of recording and reporting student progress; events planning.

  • WRoCAH Manager (chair);
  • WRoCAH Administrator
  • 3 registry officers;
  • 6 school/dept managers

7  Subject Cluster Committees

Minimum of 2 meetings per annum for each committee and at other times virtually.  Each Cluster Committee reports to the Studentships Committee, and has responsibility for ranking AHRC Competition Studentship applications; monitoring student progress on behalf of Studentships Committee; informing detailed reporting to and actions by Studentships Committee.  Subject Cluster Leaders nominated by Executive Board.  Primary responsibility for ensuring quality of recruitment and student satisfaction; sit ex officio on Studentships Committee; contribute actively to Conferences and Colloquia.

  • For each committee: 6-9 academic members, selected from the Peer Review College.

WRoCAH Peer Review College

Reports to Executive Board and organised by WRoCAH Director.  Critical, objective expert review of the Unit evaluation of AHRC Competition Studentship applications. Current supervisors attend Conferences and Colloquia; other members of the group attend by invitation and will be expected to support Student-led Forums.

  • Comprises a panel of academics from the 3 Universities, including all WRoCAH supervisors.