University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Senior Research Governance Officer

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Exeter (Hybrid)


The salary will be from £41,732 up to £44,263 pro rata per annum, on Grade F.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Admin, Professional, Managerial


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Senior Research Governance Officer

Job description

University Corporate Services

Compliance and Risk


The above part-time (0.8 FTE) post is available immediately on a fixed-term basis until 3 June 2024, to cover maternity leave.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

Summary of the role

This is an exciting opportunity for those who are dedicated to the promotion of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements and the university's internal research governance processes relating to sponsorship. We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our team, who has experience of supporting and contributing to the ongoing enhancement of processes and systems for the research governance of health and social care research in line with the Health Research Authority expectations.

Working in a small team of Research Governance, Ethics and Compliance subject specialists, the post holder will provide guidance to university researchers and colleagues of all levels on the conduct and requirements of clinical studies and trials within the context of the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research and institutional policies for assuring high quality research.

The Senior Research Governance Officer will be responsible for supporting researchers in setting up projects, the oversight of ongoing studies, and for ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in full respect of the standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Together with others in the team, they will be responsible for the governance of sponsorship by providing expert support for researchers on obtaining the appropriate authorisations and will provide an effective link between external stakeholders (principally NHS partners), research teams and relevant University professional services staff.

What we can offer you

  • Be part of an expert team, within a University committed to exceptional research
  • Opportunity to provide your expertise and make a real difference to world class research projects
  • Access to high quality training and professional CPD
  • Opportunity to contribute to continuous improvement, supporting the Head of Service to maintain first class services to the research community
  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • Work on campuses in the beautiful regions of Exeter and Falmouth
  • About you

    We are looking for a diligent individual who has experience of working in a research governance and sponsorship environment. You will enjoy supporting researchers to comply with relevant regulatory approvals for clinical research and participating in the assessment of new clinical trials (including CTIMP and Medical Device trials), health and social care research applications for HRA and NHS REC approval and for ongoing study amendments. You will be a committed team player with an ability to provide high levels of service to researchers of all levels and be keen to contribute to service improvement activities.

    Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.


    We offer some fantastic benefits including

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • Further information

    Please contact Antony Walsh, Head of Research Ethics, Governance and Compliance, [email protected]

    Job details


    Senior Research Governance Officer


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 01, 2023

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    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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