We’re looking for someone to chair our research ethics committee

24 January 2020

Do you have an interest in, and experience of, managing ethical issues in research? What Works for Children’s Social Care is looking for a Chair for our new Research Ethics Committee.

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is responsible for reviewing the research proposals of WWCSC to identify ethical considerations and make recommendations on whether to proceed with and/or amend the research. The main purpose of the REC Chair is to provide leadership to the REC. The REC will be responsible primarily for reviewing projects undertaken internally by WWCSC, and occasionally those commissioned to other research agencies where it is not possible for them to be reviewed by their own RECs.

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Management of the REC and sub-committee meetings
  2. Management and leadership of the REC committee members
  3. Support in the development of ethics guidance and processes to ensure practical recommendations for research proposals
  4. Providing advice to WWCSC

Person Specification
We are looking for an individual with an interest in and experience of managing ethics issues. This individual should be able to provide evidence of an ability to:

  • Chair meetings effectively and provide leadership
  • Communicate and engage with researchers to increase awareness and compliance with ethics guidance
  • Be pragmatic and fair minded in their approach to addressing ethics issues, showing awareness of risk and complexity

The role will be remunerated for up to 15 days per annum, and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Find out more about the role and how to apply