UK-RAS Executive Committee Elections

UK-RAS Executive Committee Elections

  • The UK-RAS Network has been awarded EPSRC funding for the next 3 years.

  • A new election process will now be held for the 6 roles on the Executive Committee and Chair but first we are issuing a call for nominations from members for staff to be elected.

  • The newly elected board members will be formalised at the Network Committee meeting to be held on the day of the International Robotics Showcase, 27th June 2019.
Election Process

Each institutional Network member is requested to nominate two candidates via the online form below (please ensure that the nominees are aware and agreed to the nomination). Members can also nominate themselves. Existing committee members can also be nominated.

The lead member selected will undertake this role for 1 year. The chair will be selected by the newly elected Executive Committee.

Step 1: All network members asked to nominate two members for each of the 6 committee roles (see descriptions below). Deadline 19th April 2019;

Step 2: A ballot of all nominees will be sent to the wider network for a vote. Deadline 30th April 2019;

Step 3: The existing committee will review the votes and confirm new executive committee members by 6th May 2019;

Step 4: The new executive committee votes on a new chair by 10th May 2019;

Step 5: The new committee and chair will be announced to the network by 1st June 2019;

Step 6: All roles formalised and officially start at the International Robotics Showcase, 27th June 2019.

Nominations for Executive Committee

All members are asked to submit a maximum of 2 nominees for the upcoming Executive Committee Elections

Click below for a description of each committee role:

Government Policy & International EngagementEntrepreneurial & Industrial Programmes Challenges & White PapersPublic Engagement & ExhibitionsRAS Capital & Asset ManagementCDT Activities Liaison & Events

Participate in government policy responses, and in sector deal partnerships and committees, and feedback responses to governmental inquiries. Continue to coordinate responses to government inquiries; organise meetings with policy advisers and liaise with government departments and produce white papers on current and developing areas of robotics; effective academic expertise liaison with government and establishing pathways; build an infrastructure through regular and consistent coordination of Topic Group leaders, expert panels and relationships with key government organisations for high level engagement.
Coordinate overseas visits and missions, participation in international government policy groups and responses to governmental inquiries. In light of the challenges posed by Brexit, the Network is focused on long term strategies with overseas partners, and the role of the coordinator is to ensure vital connections with EU partners are maintained, and through active participation and memberships with organisations such as the EURobotics Forum, the EU Robotics Technology Platform (EUROP) and as an active participant in shaping the Horizon 2020 programme.

Lead the coordination of all industrial links and activities being undertaken by members of the Network. Consolidate information on all activities pertaining to the commercialisation and marketisation of research outputs, cross-promote latest opportunities and events. Enable knowledge transfer, sharing of good practice and ideas and promote an increase of strategic partnerships and industrial links on a national level, stimulate the commercialisation of research, foster collaboration and closer engagement with industrial partners.
Lead the establishment of a number of fellowships per year, over the next 3 years, with the aim of providing secondment opportunities to research staff with industrial collaborators to fostering transfer of knowledge and closer links between academic staff, students and industrial sectors. Competitive bursaries will be provided, and the Network will also contribute to each institution’s research and training programmes, providing access to wider disciplines and industrial exposure.

Coordinate the development of new and coordinate the running of existing robotics challenges, such as the Surgical Robot Challenge on an annual basis. It is anticipated these will in future, be organised thematically by each topic group leader/team.
Coordinate writing teams for new white papers produced in and in addition to the challenge areas as well as additional documentation and greater dissemination opportunities and updated in areas that have been previously covered. Foster forward-looking collaborations and new grant application and deliver opportunities for media coverage and dissemination.

Coordinate public engagement opportunities throughout the Network. The Network is focused on establishing a public engagement culture with a steady provision of exhibitions, active participation in festivals (such as the Cheltenham Science Festival and Imperial Festival) the promotion of open days at different partner sites, the International Showcase event, strategic partnerships with organisations such as the Science Museum, creation and coordination of volunteers for the STEM Ambassador programme as well as the Schools Robot Competition.
All these activities underlie the importance we place on of engaging with a wider audience, influencing perception and encouraging public involvement in this exciting and fast paced area.

Coordinate the implementation of the capital database to the UK-RAS website and oversee the creation of a robust data maintenance and system updates process, exploring a combination of options involving direct entry modification by end users to coordinated quality control of data. New members will also be required to add this information upon membership to the Network, ensuring all assets are as up to date as possible. Coordinate the establishment of an effective booking and asset sharing system, through online, free and chargeable bookings, under the coordination of an appointed project manager from a university partner. We aim to maximise the UKs world class RAS research equipment base by creating a capital road map of scientific need and applying for external resources to fulfil this need, such as establishing an EPSRC National Facility.
Once we have established the UK current equipment base (in stage (i)) we will inclusively create a short and medium-term capital road map, with the aim of submitting an expression of interest to EPSRC to establish a National Facility. (iii) We will establish and co-ordinate access to major RAS assets across the UK.
Assets (for example hospitals and power stations) will be supported by the Network from external enquires, and we will also pro-actively identify and encourage potential RAS assets to support trials based on established Network need.

The Network will continue with the organisation of the International Showcase event, the pinnacle event of the UK Robotics Week and will coordinate the cross-promotion of national events. The lead will also support and help organise the UK-RAS conference for early career and postgraduate students. The event promotes the coordination of the RAI doctoral student community, encourages collaboration and offers opportunities to present their latest research as well as engage with industry and other researchers attending the event.
Coordinate a distributed model for thematic symposia, focused workshops, robotics challenges and distinguished lectures, flagship events will be adopted, organised by member institutions across the UK, to provide effective and coherent coordination of a responsive research agenda of all RAS centres, with strong outreach connections to national and international centres of excellence.