The RCUK partnership is led by the Research Council chief executives, who collectively
own, drive and monitor the strategic and operational activities that deliver the
The RCUK Executive Group (RCUKEG) provides the forum through which the individual
Research Council chief executives work together.
The Chair of the RCUKEG is selected from among serving Research Council Chief Executives; with the current chair being Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive
of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The term lasts for two years.
Senior figures from the Higher Education Funding Councils, other research funders
and stakeholder organisations are regularly invited to participate in RCUKEG discussions.
To enable RCUK to work with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss high-level strategic issues and provide advice to the Director General of Knowledge and Innovation, BIS has established the Joint Strategy Group (JSG). This group is chaired by the Director General of Knowledge and Innovation and meets quarterly.
RCUKEG and JSG replace the original Research Councils UK Strategy Group (RCUKSG),
which led RCUK activities between May 2002 and July 2004.