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Research Compliance and Assurance Manager

Job title Research Compliance and Assurance Manager

Department Vice-Chancellor's Office

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £46,047

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2462

Placed on Wednesday 07 September 2022

Closing date Sunday 09 October 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC9759

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In this pivotal role, you play a key part in developing the University's research sponsorship capability. Joining our brand-new Research Governance and Compliance team you will focus on research governance support for patient and healthy volunteer research. You will ensure it is conducted and managed in line with our internal policy as well as relevant legal and regulatory frameworks such as Good Clinical Practice and study specific protocols.

About the role:

Reporting to the Head of Research Governance and Compliance and you will be developing, implementing, and maintaining appropriate policies, and standard operating procedures for regulatory compliance of research trials and studies being delivered by the University. As part of your role, you will also be:

  • Providing proactive research governance support to researchers conducting human subject research
  • Engaging with a range of colleagues within the University including Principal/Chief Investigators, researchers, professional services, and with the Chair of the ‘External Review and Sponsorship’ sub-Committee. 
  • Engaging with external agencies - Health Research Authority, Clinical Research Networks, NHS Trusts etc.
  • Leading on the continued development of internal processes
  • Championing and raising the profile of healthcare research/clinical trials for the university

About you:

With a good understanding of working within the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research, you will also be:

  • A self-motivated individual and enjoys working as part of a team in a fast-paced environment often juggling conflicting priorities. 
  • Educated with a University science or medical degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Experienced in HRA governance processes, including drafting of legally binding documents
  • Knowledgeable of the Human Tissue Act

For more information and to find about our other vacancies in this team please visit our microsite or for an informal conversation about this role contact Filipa Vance (fdfldm20@bath.ac.uk) or Julie Barnett (jcb54@bath.ac.uk)

What we can offer you:

This is a really exciting time to join a newly created team that reports directly to the associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). This is a significant investment from the University and will see you play a key part in leading the area of research governance, integrity and ethics. 

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce we are happy to discuss hybrid working options with you. 

Some of our benefits:

  • A very generous employer contributory pension scheme.
  • Flexible working options and hybrid working
  • Generous 39 days annual leave allowance (including bank holidays and university discretionary days) so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance.
  • An excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce.
  • A wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • A number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

Relocation Procedure

Visa Reimbursement Scheme

Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.