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Dr Filipa Vance BSc (Hons), PhD Head of Research Governance and Compliance

Responsible for managing the Research and Governance Team to enable good quality research that is ethical and compliant with regulatory frameworks.


Reporting to the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Filipa is responsible for:

  • ensuring that policies and procedures are in place to meet relevant legislative and ethical requirements¬†
  • promoting good research governance
  • providing critical thought leadership, subject specific knowledge and guidance to influence senior leaders to embed a culture of research that drives good practice
  • representing the University at relevant national and international meetings to ensure the University maintains a leading presence in the area of governance and compliance
  • keeping abreast of key developments in research integrity and ethics
  • supporting the dissemination of best practice ensuring appreciation of and compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines.

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  • Academic Integrity and Ethics Committee (Member)
  • Impact Operations Group (Member)
  • Impact Acceleration Group (Guest)
  • Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (Guest)
  • Sabbatical Committee (Secretary)
  • David Parkin Fellowship (Secretary)

Filipa is the Export Control Manager.


Filipa arrived in Bath in 2015 as the Project Manager for the COST Action Maths for Industry Network at the Institute for Mathematical Innovation. From November 2018 until October 2022 , she held the post of Project Manager (University Research) reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).

From 2013-2014 she was the Technical & Facilities Manager at Warwick Medical School. At Warwick Filipa also held a Project Manager post to deliver the (£10M) Translational Medicine arm of the Science City Research Alliance from 2009-2013.

Ahead of embarking on a Professional Services career in HE, Filipa worked at the Wellcome Trust, 2005-2008, managing grant awards, peer review as well as project managing a component of the Grand Challenges for Global Health a joint initiative with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Filipa completed two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Imperial College (2001-2005) researching G-protein coupled receptors their role in signalling and wound healing.

She has an interest in research policy, integrity, ethics and culture to enable good quality ethical research that benefits society.


Filipa has a BSc(Hons) in Microbiology from the University of Glasgow and PhD, in cancer pathology and molecular biology, from the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow.