Projects, networks other funded activities were normally managed
by the academics who were named as Principal Applicants on initial
proposals. Project and network directors were responsible for the
progress of their research, for providing annual and end-of-award
reports and for appropriate participation in the work of the Programme
as a whole. Working within contractual frameworks and Programme
policies, project directors and their teams had considerable autonomy.
The Programme Director was responsible for the operational management of the Programme on a day-to-day basis. The Director aimed to provide academic leadership across the Programme, to coordinate collaborative initiatives and to use the Programme’s infrastructure to ‘add value’ to the work of individual projects. Reports were made to, and advice received from, the Steering Committee. The part-time Directors’ Team was adjusted in scale and composition as the Programme evolved. At its most expansive stage, the Director was supported by a Deputy Director, four Associate Directors and a Programme Office.
The Directors’ Team had expertise across all the major sectors in which research was being conducted. Drawing on this expertise, they each had responsibility for supporting a specific range of projects or other funded activities, and for direct liaison with an associated portfolio of research users.
The Programme Office maintained the core organisational infrastructure for day-to-day Programme activity and was normally the most appropriate initial point of contact for external enquiries and internal administration.
The Steering Committee had a key policy-making
role with TLRP. With a membership of senior research users and distinguished
academics from across the UK, it offered advice to the Programme
Director, considered project reports and took responsibility for
all major funding decisions. It met three or four times each year.
ESRC managed the Programme on behalf
of a range of UK funders. On the one hand, ESRCs Associate
Director of Research for Education and his colleagues provided administrative
services in respect of funding processes and accountability requirements.
On the other hand, ESRCs Research Priorities Board monitored
the decisions of the TLRP Steering Committee and received the Programmes
Annual Report. ESRC also provided a range of other important services
to support research development (see www.esrc.ac.uk).
Key funders of the Programme included the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, the Department
for Education and Skills, the Scottish
Executive, the National
Assembly for Wales and the Northern
Ireland Executive. Formally, ESRCs contract to manage
the Programme was with HEFCE,
the largest funder.
Whilst this is a complex structure, it provided direct access to
formidable sources of expertise and support for the Programme.
Details of the TLRP Core
Programme Team at London can be found here