Corporate Services: Governance & Compliance
Deputy Secretary & Head of Governance Services
Purpose of the Job
Leading on modernising and updating the University’s research governance and ethical processes and overseeing the University’s suite of policies, procedures, guidance and regulations.
Main Duties and Responsibilities Providing advice and developing guidance for Colleges on ethics, research ethics, research governance and integrity issues. Providing core input to the development of the University’s Research Strategy and related policies and guidance. Developing a good understanding of the external and regulatory landscape in relation to research ethics, governance and integrity, contributing to the University’s structures, systems, policies and procedures. Supporting the promotion and understanding of good research conduct, promoting and embedding a culture of research integrity. Managing the University’s research relevant licences. Managing the University’s suite of policies, procedures, guidance and regulations to underpin: research involving human participants and their tissue, including meeting the University’s obligations as sponsor of clinical trials under the Research Governance Framework, the Clinical Trials Regulations and the Human Tissue Act; good research practice; compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity and the Research Code of Conduct, including the preparation of the annual integrity report and initial handling any allegations of misconduct; the University’s ethics and research ethics infrastructure, including its Academic Ethics Committees; the University’s research obligations under the Prevent agenda, liaising with the Deputy Secretary / Head of Governance Services. Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of key legislation and regulations that affect research ethics, governance and integrity and responding accordingly. Providing advice and expertise to key committees including the Research Governance and Ethics Committee and the Academic Ethics Committees. Ensuring coordination across relevant Professional Services and Colleges/Schools in relation to policy development and implementation and developing policies and guidance. Maintaining good relationships with academic researchers and senior management to promote research integrity. Ensuring policies and procedures in support of relevant regulatory compliance are developed and communicated effectively to the academic and research community to ensure best practice, fostering a culture and understanding of research integrity and compliance Managing preparations for, and any subsequent follow ups from external inspection visits (e.g. MHRA or HTA). Managing processes relating to, and advising on, investigations of allegations of research misconduct and academic integrity. Undertaking due diligence and risk assessment processes on third parties (UK and overseas) before the award is accepted. Developing and managing the University ethics and research governance systems, providing expertise and advice to researchers working with any systems for ethical approval or other regulatory approval systems. Developing and maintaining the research ethics, governance and integrity website, providing guidance to staff and students on relevant policies and processes. Developing and delivering training on all areas of the portfolio. Administering relevant University licences, developing and promoting policies, processes and guidance. Managing the University’s corporate policy framework, ensuring that all University policies meet the needs of the strategic aims and objectives of the University and are aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan.
Other Duties and Responsibilities The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities. The post holder will be expected to comply with the University equal opportunities policies, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Policy and the Welsh Language Standards. The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments. The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.
Essential Educated to a postgraduate degree level (or equivalent);
Essential Significant experience in research governance, preferably within a University setting; Experience of analysing, interpreting and presenting information to different audiences;
Essential High level literacy, report writing & presentation skills; Ability to motivate and influence others;
Essential Highly motivated, dedicated and deadline driven; Decision maker and problem solver
Desirable The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable for this role. If applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh at present, there are many opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.
The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.
We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.
All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.
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Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally. When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful.
Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration. In addition to those on the Redeployment Register, staff members who have been directly affected by the current restructuring exercise will also be given prior consideration.