Call for applications to the ISIS Facility Board and Science Advisory Committee

Wednesday 02 March 2016

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A number of vacancies have arisen for membership of the ISIS Facility Board and Science Advisory Committee.

Normally these would be advertised through the normal STFC scheme for advisory bodies. However, due to time constraints this year the process is being dealt with directly by ISIS.

The terms of reference are given below. To express interest in membership of either of these bodies please contact the ISIS Director robert.mcgreevy@stfc.ac.uk  before March 31st 2016.

ISIS FACILITY BOARD TERMS OF REFERENCE

The ISIS Facility Board formally reports to the STFC Executive Board. The Facility Board will:

  • Provide strategic advice to the Facility Director and the Executive Director National Labs on current and future operation and development of the facility
  • Monitor the facilities operations and output (financial, technical and scientific)
  • Monitor the facilities budget and performance to ensure that value for money is delivered

The Facility Board will assist STFC Executive Board to arrive at an optimum plan (including funding provision) for the facility.

The Facility Board has no executive powers or liability.

Organisational Matters

The Facility Board shall consist of six to eight members selected from academia and industry (both UK and overseas) to provide a balance of scientific, technical and management expertise relevant to the facility. Facility Board members will be appointed for a fixed term of three years with the possibility of an extension of up to a further three years. No Facility Board member shall serve for more than six consecutive years.

As with other STFC committees, Facility Board membership will be open to nominations from the scientific community, including self-nominations. The membership will be approved by STFC Executive Board.

The Executive Director National Labs is responsible for managing the activities of the Facility Board (membership, meetings, reporting etc).

The Board will meet at least twice a year. Additional meetings may be scheduled if required. The Board will provide a short written report to STFC Executive Board following each meeting. Once per year the Chair and the Facility Director may be invited to attend Executive Board for the purpose of reporting.

STFC National Labs will provide secretarial support to the Board. The agenda will be agreed by the Executive Director National Labs, the Facility Board Chair and the Facility Director.

 Scope

The Board will advise the Facility Director on operational performance including:

  • Development of / delivery against the Business Plan for the facility
  • Scientific productivity
  • Procedures for the allocation of facility time to users
  • Economic Impact and related objectives and measures
  • Future development opportunities
  • Use of the allocated budget and delivery of value for money
  • Synergy with other STFC and UK facilities, the other Research Councils, RCUK
  • International interactions and leadership

The Facility Director will supply the appropriate paperwork for each meeting to allow the Facility Board to carry out the above, which shall include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • a status report against the agreed Business Plan for the current period, including updated metrics to show outputs
  • a financial report detailing spend against the allocated budget for that year
  • a draft plan of action for the next year
  • a longer term strategy for operations and development

The Facility Board shall be able to ask for any additional information that they feel is required to allow them to carry out their role.

ISIS SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE

The ISIS Science Advisory Committee is advisory to the facility Director. It has no executive powers or liability.

The Committee shall consist of six to eight members selected from academia and industry (both UK and overseas) to provide a balance of scientific expertise relevant to that facility. Members will be appointed for a fixed term of three years with the possibility of an extension of up to a further three years at the invitation of the Facility Director. No member shall serve for more than six consecutive years.

Scope

The Committee will provide scientific advice to the facility Director on current and future operation and development of the facility including

  • The achievement of the facility with regard to its research programme and productivity;
  • Scientific issues impacting on the operation and development of the facility;
  • Future development opportunities and their potential scientific impact, including minor and major upgrades.
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