What does the UKRSA do?

The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA), in association with Vitae, aims to provide a collective voice for research staff across the UK, through building researcher communities and influencing policy. It is also involved with research staff issues on a national and international level, and encourages research staff to engage with their institutions on issues affecting them at a local level.

What is an RSA?

Research staff associations are researcher-led groups or organisations that provide support for new and existing researchers.

Research staff are in a unique position to inform and develop the skills and knowledge base within their institutions. They can provide a focal point for their institutions to engage with on research staff issues and initiatives. Examples of areas where research staff may contribute within their Institutions are:

  • Informing institutional policy through representation on local committees covering areas such as working conditions, professional development and career opportunities
  • Facilitating the organisation of training activities or career development sessions for other researchers
  • Ensuring that the provisions introduced by employers deliver to research staff and are tailored to their needs.

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Who runs the UKRSA?

ResearcherInstitutionUKRSA Role
Nicola Woodward Institute of Food Research Co-Chair; Regional Rep: East of England
Paddy Hadoke University of Edinburgh Co-Chair
David Finger University of Sheffield Co-Regional Rep: Yorkshire and North East
Stewart Husband University of Sheffield Co-Regional Rep: Yorkshire and North East
Alex Tarr University of Nottingham Regional Rep: Midlands
Lisa Wood Lancaster University Regional Rep: North West
Emma Compton University of Dundee Regional Rep: Scotland and Northern Ireland
Mascia Amici University of Bristol Regional Rep: South West and Wales
Anastasia Callaghan University of Portsmouth Regional Rep: South East
Daniel Weekes Kings College London Regional Rep: London
Kimm Curran University of Glasgow Member
Rebecca Elvey University of Manchester Member
Rob Hardwick BBSRC Member
Helen Lees University of Stirling Member
Walters Nsoh University of Dundee Member
Kassandra Papadopoulou University of Manchester Member
Emma Parry Cranfield University Member
Jo Rees University of Cambridge Member
Kath Scanlon London School of Economics Member
Samantha Shave University of Cambridge Member
Didi Spencer University of Oxford Member
Chris Thomson University of Hull/ Open University Member
Roseline Wanjiru Northumbria University Member