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University of Stirling seeking lay members for ethics panel

The University of Stirling is seeking to recruit two new lay members to the General University Ethics Panel.

We are a UK top 40 research intensive university, providing world-class education. Our interdisciplinary approach to research informs our teaching curriculum. With more than 13,000 students and over 1,500 staff, we are a dynamic and diverse institution with a significant international community.

Lay positions on University Ethics Committees are unremunerated, although expenses related to University business will be reimbursed.

The appointment will be for three-years in the first instance.

Ethics committees are responsible for overseeing and monitoring ethical issues associated with research activities, such as: non-invasive human research; animal, environmental and conservation research; and invasive or clinical research. The University’s ethical review process exists to ensure our research activities fulfil legal obligations and meet high ethical and safety standards.

Two vacancies have arisen for lay members of the General University Ethics Panel (GUEP). The GUEP conducts ethical scrutiny of research proposals from staff and students and makes informed recommendations to researchers.

The GUEP committee meets most months throughout the year. The role of the Lay Member is to act as a member of GUEP and to review research applications for ethical approval making recommendations for change if required, contribute to discussions on current projects and topical ethical questions. The Panel aspires to a programme of continual improvement to provide the best service to the University and its researchers. Training will be provided.

The University would wish to appoint individuals with experience in at least two of the following areas:

  • teaching, research, administration or management in education or related sectors, including primary, secondary or tertiary education
  • the professions (legal, finance, health, scientific, etc.)
  • one or more areas of activity in which the University has an academic discipline
  • demonstrable interest in the University of Stirling and its future development
  • entrepreneurial or other relevant experience in the commercial/industrial world and/or in public service

The University seeks to represent all the communities it serves. Expressions of interest from people with disabilities, members of minority groups and women are particularly welcome.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to by midnight on 14 December 2018.

Contact us

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Marilyn Moore on or telephone: +44 (0)1877 330511
Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith on or telephone: +44 (0)1786 467674.

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