Research is fundamental to the The Open University's (OU) mission to be ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’ and is designed to have impact, influence policy and practice and change lives for the better.
We are looking for external members to join the OU Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). This an interesting opportunity to develop your knowledge of research ethics and play a valuable role in supporting research at The Open University. Committee members are responsible for assessing research ethics applications to ensure that the interests of research participants are protected and research is carried out in a fair and ethical manner. It is essential that the Committee maintains a diverse membership so a wide variety of research can be assessed. Therefore, we are looking for people from a wide range of backgrounds, and from all sections of the community (academics and people from other walks of life), who are interested in research and who are able to bring an independent perspective to research ethics review. You do not need to have specific experience, other than an interest in research and/or ethics issues.
We are particularly seeking reviewers who can bring perspectives from beyond the Higher Education sector:
Each HREC member is part of a ‘virtual’ HREC Review Panel which assesses research ethics applications, to ensure ethics issues have been considered. HREC receives applications from OU academics and postgraduate research students on a weekly basis, and dependent on numbers received, each HREC member receives between two to four applications to review each month. Members also attend two formal HREC meetings each year, at which policy matters are discussed. Meetings are held in May and October.
The role is voluntary, but we will reimburse travel expenses for meeting attendance. An induction and an annual training session will be provided to all members.
Further information about HREC, and the research ethics review process, can be found on the Human Research Ethics website.
Please send a copy of your CV and a brief personal statement (no more than 500 words) to the Research Ethics Team.
In your supporting statement, please include the following information:
If you would like further information about the role, please contact Nicola Payne, Research Governance Manager.