The ESRC Council is a committee of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) created under the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 alongside eight other committees. It is made up of members from business, civil society and the public sector, as well as representatives from the academic community. Council advises the Executive Chair and UKRI Board on social science activity
Strategic Advisory Network
From 1 April 2018 the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) will be established as a successor entity to the former Research and Capability Committees. The membership of the Research and Capability Committees will be transferred to the new structure.
Council and ESRC colleagues will take advice from the social science community via its Strategic Advisory Network. The network provides focused advice on specific reviews, activities and opportunities, across the broad remit of our activity. SAN members contribute to oversight of key investments, and participate in Task and Finish groups in an agile way.
Delivery of our research and related activity is supported by a Peer Review College and Grant Assessment Panels and groups.
The ESRC Council delegates day-to-day responsibility for the allocation of funds, management of current research investments, and development of policy and strategy to our Directors group. The Directors group includes our Executive Chair, Directors and Deputy Directors.
Our Executive Chair is responsible for the implementation of our policies and decisions, and for the overall management of the ESRC Office.
We have around 140 staff working across several teams.
Declarations of interest
Directors and Council members are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might conceivably conflict with the interests of the ESRC. These interests are updated annually and are open to public inspection.