University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Director, Research Governance, Ethics and Assurance Team

United Kingdom

Closing in 36 days

Director, Research Governance, Ethics and Assurance Team

Research Services, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford and City Centre, Oxford

The University of Oxford is seeking an exceptional Director of Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance .

Oxford is a world leader in research, engagement and innovation. Our research portfolio covers an exceptionally broad range of disciplines and has a strong interdisciplinary character. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations.

Oxford has an extensive portfolio of research involving human participants in the UK and around the world. In the clinical field, this includes the investigation of new treatments for major diseases, the development of vaccines, and the testing of new medical devices. In recent times, clinical research teams have led the development of a globally deployed COVID vaccine in partnership with AstraZeneca and major studies to identify effective COVID treatments. Earlier in 2023, the high-efficacy R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine received its first regulatory clearance for use in populations.

The Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance (RGEA) Team within Research Services provides wide-ranging support, facilitation and expert advice to researchers and departments across Oxford's clinical and non-clinical research involving human participants. As its Director, you will provide exemplary leadership to the RGEA Team and ensure the ongoing development and delivery of outstanding research support services in the area of research governance (including facilitating compliance with national and international regulatory frameworks), study monitoring and quality assurance, research sponsorship, research ethics, human tissue governance, and research risk and insurance.

As a member of the Research Services Leadership Team, you will contribute strongly and actively to the effective management, development and success of the overall unit and our talented and committed people, and you will champion our values and commitments.

You will bring to this senior role substantial experience and a track record of achievement and leadership in delivering outstanding research governance support services and of facilitating the undertaking of research involving human participants in line with regulatory, ethical and academic frameworks. You will be an exceptional leader and manager, with a deep commitment to supporting and developing colleagues to succeed.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Dr Stephen Conway, Executive Director, Research Services ( [email protected]).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 8 January 2024.

Contact Person : Ffion Fry Vacancy ID : 169197 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 08-Jan-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : SNR ADMIN OFFICERS (B23/ALC6) Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : ALC6, competitive salary

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Director, Research Governance, Ethics and Assurance Team


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 14, 2023

Application deadline

January 08, 2024

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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