Lay Member Recruitment
Lancaster University is seeking lay members for three of its Research Ethics Committees.
There are two vacancies for lay members on Faculty Committees which review applications for ethical approval of research projects and comprise of academic members of staff, students and lay members.There is also a vacancy for the University Research Ethics Committee which occasionally reviews ethics applications and is mostly responsible for policy and decision making.
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:
Debbie Knight, FASS-LUMS Research Ethics Committee:
Email email@example.com, Phone (01524) 592605
Becky Case, FST Research Ethics Committee:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone (01524) 593987
Expressions of interest should be sent via email by 27th April, 2018. They should outline your interest in the committee, which committee you would like be part of and your relevant experience, please send them to the named people above.