Lay Member of the Ethics Committee

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Description

One of the foundational purposes of the University of Aberdeen is ‘Service of Others’ and we aim to achieve this through excellence in research and teaching. We train people in conducting research that ultimately aims to transform lives. All research must be conducted in an ethical manner. To do that we have an ethics review committee which reviews research plans and need the input of members of the public to join this committee as well.

We are looking for non-expert lay members to contribute to our ethical review processes.
We are looking for individuals who are willing to give us some of their time to work with University staff from the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition to look at research proposals that are submitted to our committee. You will work with a small group of friendly people at the university. Passion to contribute to ethical research and some commitment is all that is needed. By joining us you will play a part in making research better at the University of Aberdeen.

For further information please contact Helen Galley or Amudha Poobalan at email: h.f.galley@abdn.ac.uk or a.poobalan@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation aims and objectives

One of the foundational purposes of the University of Aberdeen is ‘Service of Others’ and we aim to achieve this through excellence in research and teaching. We train people in conducting research that ultimately aims to transform lives. All research must be conducted in an ethical manner. To do that we have an ethics review committee which reviews research plans. The University of Aberdeen is among the top 60 universities in the world in terms of its positive impact on society.

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Meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3-4pm, with paperwork provided 2 weeks beforehand.

Restrictions

Experience required: Experience in committee work and an ability to work as part of a team, to be objective and consistent with good communication skills will be helpful. Specific expertise is not required as training will be provided. The appointment will be for a maximum of 3 years.
Travel details: At present we are using online meetings with Teams. This may be changed to in person meetings on the Foresterhill campus of the University.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We will pay travel expenses and an honorarium.
Training details: Excellent support and relevant training is provided. Before the start of the volunteering, basic training on the principles of research ethics and also the process of how the committee works will be provided. There will be regular updates of the training on an annual basis. As people grow into the role and, if they are willing, we can provide them with advanced training in some of the aspects. They will work in a team will be well supported.
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