Head of Research Governance and Integrity

United Kingdom
Jun 21, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

The Head of Research Governance and Integrity has responsibility for providing expert governance, research good conduct, and ethics advice for the University, policy development in relation to research integrity, receiving allegations of and managing cases of research misconduct, establishing a robust and efficient framework for oversight of research projects and compliance with regulatory obligations, and leading a team responsible for delivering a streamlined and efficient support service in processing applications for ethical approval and sponsorship.

The post holder will play a key role within the institution by giving specialist support on research governance, integrity and ethics issues to a wide range of stakeholders, and will play a key role alongside the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research in leading the promotion of the wider understanding of good research conduct and embedding a culture of research integrity across the University.

The individual will be responsible for keeping up to date with key regulatory developments, for taking a lead in recommending amendments to university policy to ensure compliance with changes in legislation/regulation, and for drafting University responses to external policy consultations. They will be required to develop policy in relevant areas, and to make decisions concerning Sponsorship and appropriate delegation of Sponsorship duties in relation to clinical research. They will provide expert input in to contracts relating to regulatory requirements, appropriate delegation of duties, insurance, and liability.

The Head of Research Governance and Integrity will be responsible for establishing, delivering and continually improving the governance and ethics operating processes in order to ensure that sponsorship and ethical review applications are processed efficiently, insurance cover is obtained in a timely manner, and that the University complies with its obligations as a sponsor to monitor the conduct of research projects, maintain appropriate records, and fulfil reporting requirements including annual reports and notification of serious adverse events or reactions. The post holder will be the named contact in the University for reporting of research misconduct cases.

The post holder will be responsible for the management, motivation and development of the governance and ethics team. He/she will be responsible for instilling a service-oriented culture within the team, ensuring that the support needs of the academic research community are consistently met or exceeded in the operation of the University’s ethical review system, the Sponsorship process and external ethical review. The individual will need to ensure that the team’s service standards are clearly communicated to academic and other service users, and that robust and comprehensive performance reporting and coaching processes are implemented and maintained to facilitate the delivery of an efficient and expert service.

The post holder must ensure that the University’s research governance and integrity infrastructure and operating systems are aligned to both the institution’s strategic research priorities and the external funding environments. The post holder must ensure that the governance and ethics systems, operating processes and organisation structures support academics in meeting funder deadlines, while at the same time ensuring that the institution is protected from risk and compliant with all necessary regulations and professional standards.


Person Specification


  • A first degree or equivalent.
  • Detailed knowledge of key legislation/regulation and other frameworks impacting on the governance of University research, including the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research, the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations, the EU Clinical Trials Directive, the EU Clinical Trial Regulation, the Human Tissue Act, the UUK concordat on research integrity and the ESRC Framework for Research Ethics. A good knowledge and experience of Good Clinical Practice.
  • Experience in a research governance and ethics management role in a higher education or other research environment, providing specialist advice to senior management on resolving complex governance and ethics issues and making recommendations in response to external regulatory/statutory changes.



  • A research degree or research experience.
  • A good understanding of team management, motivation and development, and preferably demonstrable experience of successfully leading a team in a high-throughput customer-focused environment.