Ethical research opportunities

Good ethical research is a cornerstone of the University's academic work.

Now staff are being offered an opportunity to promote this even further.

If you are passionate about health and social care research, have the ability to analyse complex issues, take an objective stance and voice your opinion, then volunteering to become a member of a Health Research Authority (HRA) Research Ethics Committee (REC) could be the perfect opportunity for you.

As a member of a REC, you will review health and social care research applications to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants and the public.

Training will be provided and you will need to commit to attend at least six full REC meetings per year plus some additional sub-committee business in between meetings. There are 66 committees across England, so the HRA will be able find you a meeting local to you. Travel will be reimbursed.

The HRA is keen to receive applications from people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, who have an interest in health research and ethics.

As a REC member you will gain:

  • increased knowledge in research methodology and statistics
  • a better understanding of research ethics and relevant legislation
  • committee skills; and
  • access to HRA member training events.

You will also have the opportunity to train for the role of a REC chairman/vice-chairman after one year of membership.

Visit the HRA website for further information, or contact Hayley Henderson on 02071 048083 or via email at to discuss the opportunities available.

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