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Head of Research Governance and Compliance

Job title Head of Research Governance and Compliance

Department Vice-Chancellor's Office

Salary Starting from £53,353, rising to £61,823

Grade Grade 9

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2462

Placed on Wednesday 07 September 2022

Closing date Sunday 02 October 2022

Reference CC9760

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This is a unique opportunity to lead a brand-new team and provide the expertise to centralise and lead Research Governance across the University. We are committed to leading the sector in meeting and surpassing all standards of research integrity, ethics, governance, and, compliance. You will report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 

About the role:

Leading the Research Governance and Compliance Team you will provide support, development, and guidance as appropriate to ensure the success of this new team.

Using your extensive experience and knowledge in the specialist area of research governance, ethics and compliance with regulatory and ethical frameworks, you will lead a strategic and robust approach to the design of research infrastructure and governance. As part of your role you will:

  • Ensure policies and procedures are in place so as to ensure that the relevant legislative and ethical requirements can be met
  • Provide critical thought leadership and subject specific knowledge that will enable the delivery of the research governance, and compliance
  • Provide leadership and direction on the creation and implementation of research governance and compliance policies
  • Work with other professional services to embed a culture of research that drives good practice.
  • Represent the University at relevant national and international meetings to ensure the University maintains a leading presence in the area of governance and compliance
  • Lead the development, maintenance and continuous review and improvement of systems to ensure that clinical trials and research studies are compliant
  • Keep abreast of key developments in research integrity and ethics
  • Influence senior leaders, promoting good research governance, providing strategic advice and guidance, and supporting the dissemination of best practice ensuring appreciation of and compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines.

About you:

With in-depth knowledge of Research Governance & Ethics you will be experienced in its application in practice including compliance with a range of research ethics and integrity legislation, in particular National Health Service Research Ethics Service and Research Ethics Committees. You will also have:

  • The ability to think strategically and innovatively, leading and motivating others to meet University research governance priorities and to deliver University objectives
  • Experience in developing solutions to complex problems
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategies for research governance

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 will encourage and support your continuous professional development to ensure that your own practice is at the leading edge of good practice in ethics and governance.

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.

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 Julie Barnett (jcb54@bath.ac.uk)

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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.