University of Liverpool Seeks Lay Members for Research Ethics Committee

Added on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The University of Liverpool is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities with a strong reputation for research excellence. We are looking for people interested in research to join the University’s Research Ethics Subcommittee in a voluntary capacity and offer their experience and enthusiasm to help guide our future direction.


The role:


The Committee on Research Ethics Subcommittee considers all University research projects that involve human participants, human tissues, or databases of personal information, to be carried out by University staff or students.  It meets six times per year and comprises both academic and volunteer lay members.  It is responsible for considering the ethical aspects of University research projects involving human participants, human tissues or databases of personal information. It is also responsible for ensuring that University research projects involving people are carried out safely, with their informed and voluntary consent and with due respect to confidentiality and privacy, in accordance with the ethical principles specified in the Declaration of Helsinki and other relevant guidelines.

Who are we looking for?

Committee on Research Ethics Subcommittee members are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds.  We are particularly interested in identifying suitably qualified and experienced people with career backgrounds in research, the NHS, Audit/Risk Management, and the legal profession, but people from outside these fields should not be deterred from applying.  Individuals will have the ability to make balanced judgments and will contribute to ensuring that University research is carried out in accordance with the appropriate ethical principles. Appropriate training in research ethics will be provided.

Why should you apply?

  • The University is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation. Through our research, teaching and collaborations we seek to be life changing and world shaping.
  • The opportunity to bring a wide range of skills to help consider the ethical aspects of proposals for University research projects.
  • To play an important role in the development of the University’s ethical process though recommendations to the recommendations to the University’s Committee on Research Ethics.
  • To play a part in ensuring that research conducted by the University is of the highest ethical standard.

Informal enquiries about the role of Lay Members of the Committee on Research Ethics Subcommittee, and details of how to submit expressions of interest should be directed to Matthew Billington (Research Integrity and Governance Officer), email: ethics@liverpool.ac.uk, telephone: 0151 794 8290.


The closing date for expressions of interest is March 28, 2014.

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