UCL Research Ethics Committee Needs Lay Members
This is what they say about the role:
The role of the UCL REC is to consider the ethics of proposed university research projects which fall outside the remit of the NHS that include human participants, tissues or databases of personal information. It is the duty of a REC to protect the interests of research participants. To this end, the REC promotes good ethical practice in academic research. The committee reviews applications and gives an opinion as to whether the research is ethical.
Representation by lay people on the REC is crucial to the ethical review of research involving human participants. In this context a ‘lay’ person is an individual who has no connection with UCL and is therefore able to give a completely independent review of research projects submitted for review.
Interested volunteers, especially those who are suitably qualified with experience from an educational, legal research or audit/risk management background, are encouraged to apply. We would also welcome expressions of interest from those who are keen to become more involved with UCL with an interest in thinking about research issues from the perspective of a potential research participant and would like to develop knowledge of research ethics. Committee members receive training in ethical review and have opportunities to debate challenging issues.
Previous experience of research or committee membership is desirable. All members must be able to dedicate the necessary time to: read all meeting papers; attend meetings and undertake training as required. Attending meetings and reading the associated papers requires about one and a half days per meeting. The Committee meets ten times a year according to a publicised schedule and you will need to be able to attend at least two thirds of meetings.
Positions are voluntary, but we will reimburse travel expenses for attendance at meetings of the REC and training events but there is no other remuneration.
Meetings are held on the main UCL Gower Street Campus in walking distance of Euston Station and Warren Street underground station.
We have a positive approach to diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community.
How to Apply
If you would like the opportunity to play an important part in the development of the university’s ethical process, to join one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation then please email your:
- expression of interest which should outline your skills and the relevant experience and perspectives you could bring to the role;
- up-to-date CV and one reference. This should be an impartial professional person who is able to comment on your suitability for this role.
to the Chair of the UCL REC, Professor John Foreman c/o Helen Dougal, UCL REC Administrator, to firstname.lastname@example.org