The RSE Programme Committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the development and implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Receiving the business plans for the various committees and teams and advising on how they might complement each other and contribute to the overall aims of the strategic plan.
  • Ensuring coherence and consistency across the Society’s activities, including research policy and funding, projects, programmes and events.
  • Developing a process for reviewing and approving proposals for new activities, whether from Fellows, Office-Bearers, Council or external organisations or individuals, including resource requirements, and consistency. This would not include individual activities within existing programmes and business plans.

Operational Process

  • Meeting frequency: normally meets on a quarterly basis to discharge duties above.
  • Committee quorum: Four members, including two of the Vice-Presidents and one of either the General Secretary or Vice-Convener.
  • Budgetary responsibility: to remain within the budget as set by Council. If projects or initiatives arise which would go beyond this, a case must be presented to the Council or appropriate Office Bearer with delegated powers for approval.
  • Reports to: RSE Council.


Vice President, Research
RSE President
Dr Stephen Breslin FRSE
RSE Young People’s Programme Convener
Education Committee Convener
Vice President, Public Engagement
General Secretary (Chair)
Vice President, Economy and Enterprise
Vice President, International
Sheena Cummings


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