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University of Bath

Dale Topley Trusted Research Manager

Responsible for the development and implementation of university strategy and policy falling under the broad spectrum of “Trusted Research”.


Reporting to the Head of Research of Research Governance, with the priority to push forward the team’s agenda to facilitate excellent research that is ethical and compliant with regulatory frameworks.

In his role Dale is responsible for:

Supporting the creation, implementation, and ongoing oversight of research governance / compliance policies and processes across the University.

Leading on the development and implementation of a strategy for Trusted Research, management of international risks, and compliance with applicable regulations including export controls and the National Security and Investment Act (2021) where these apply to research.

To develop and deliver training to staff across the university that falls within the remit of Trusted Research.

To collaborate with relevant colleagues across departments to support the embedding of Trusted Research practices where required.

To deputize for the Head of Research Governance and Compliance as required.


Dale arrived in Bath in March 2023 to join the newly established Research Governance & Compliance Team.

Prior to this, he worked at the University of Warwick. For most of his time at Warwick, he worked as Research Governance & Quality Assurance Manager. This encompassed key responsibility for research ethics policy and practice at the university. This included the running of the university Research Ethics Committees, acting as Secretary to both Human Research Ethics Committees, working closely with committee Chairs and members.

Dale was also the founding member of Warwick’s Research Governance & Compliance team, established in 2021 to respond to increasing regulatory challenges in international research. He worked closely with senior leaders to develop relevant university policy and lead on the direct implementation to affect wider culture change and awareness amongst the research community.


Dale holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Gender and International Development, both from the University of Warwick.