Get Involved in Ethical Review

Lay Member Recruitment

There is currently a vacancy for a lay member on the Faculty of Science and Technology Research Ethics Committees which reviews applications for ethical approval of research projects and comprises of academic members of staff, students and lay members.

There is also a vacancy for a lay member on the University Research Ethics Committee which occasionally reviews ethical applications but is mostly responsible for policy and decision making with oversight of the faculty committees.

Although these roles role may suit candidates from a legal, research, NHS or audit/risk management background lay members can be from a diversity of backgrounds and do not need to have specialist knowledge. Some training on the Faculty Ethics Committees’ review processes will be provided.

Ideally applicants should have no vested interest in research and issues which the committees review and be independent of the university. Because their role is to bring different perspectives to discussions about research projects (as well as other issues relating to research) lay members’ participation in committee meetings is integral to the ethical review process which is intended to protect research participants in particular.

These are voluntary (unpaid) roles but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

For an informal discussion about the roles please contact one of the Committee Secretaries:

Becky Case, FST Research Ethics Committee:
Email:, Phone (01524) 593987

Becky Gordon, University Research Ethics Committee:
Email, Phone (01524) 592981

Closing date for expressions of interest 29th June, 2018