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University of Bath

Research Governance and Compliance

Supporting researchers, staff and students, to deliver high quality research underpinned by good governance, integrity and ethical approaches.

This team is responsible for facilitating and enabling excellent and ethical research through:

  • management of Institution-wide ethical review processes purposely designed to facilitiate and enable research with due regard for the dignity, rights, health, safety, and privacy of those involved
  • development and delivery of training to all researchers (staff and students) across the university in governance, ethics, and integrity matters
  • expert-level support to researchers with a focus on military and “dual use” export controls
  • strategic oversight of research governance policies and processes
  • monitoring compliance with relevant frameworks to ensure that research carried out at our University is ethical, lawful, and of the highest standards of integrity and rigour
  • supporting investigations into alleged research misconduct


  • Filipa Vance

    Head of Research Governance and Compliance

    The Head of Research Governance and Compliance Team reports to the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).

  • Fran Baber

    Research Ethics Officer

    Responsible for developing training, providing advice and engaging with researchers to ensure that appropriate research ethics standards are embedded.

  • Nia Fenn

    Research Project Officer

    Responsible for facilitating and supporting sponsored research from application to project closure.

  • Dale Topley

    Trusted Research Manager

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

  • Helen Friend

    Research Culture Project Support Officer

    Responsible for developing research case studies and providing project support.