Ethics Committee Lay Member

University of Central Lancashire – Research Services

Hours: Various (attendance at least 3 meetings a year – max 3 hours per meeting – together with time to review ethical applications online)

Basis:  Fixed Term Contract

Payment: We pay lay members £80 per meeting session and £100 per full day training session (or £50 per half day), together with a rate of £15 per hour for the review of ethics applications.

Closing Date: 31st July 2018

Interview Date: TBC

The Ethics and Integrity Unit within Research Services administer ethics and integrity, including ethics committee meetings as well as the process for ethics review and approval of individual projects.

We are looking for a minimum of two members of the public with experience of ethical practices/understanding to serve on our Ethics Committees here at the University of Central Lancashire.  These committees help to ensure that the ethical aspects of research, teaching and consultancy have been properly assessed, as well as a cross-university committee that is responsible for advising on and informing ethics policy at all levels.

Ethics reviews are done electronically, on the Ethics SharePoint site (a web-based browser).  This can be done from your home or anywhere with Internet access. There are computer facilities available at the University for anyone with a visual impairment.   If the application is in a sensitive area or involves children, we always ask for a view from our lay members, but lay member view may also be sought on any other application.

Committees meet (at least) three meetings a year.  Meetings are during the working week, and last for maximum of three hours at the University of Central Lancashire campus in Preston, in fully accessible rooms, with car parking available nearby.  Before each meeting we ask members to read all papers relevant to the meeting.

Training is provided which will explain the work of the Ethics Committees as well as general ethical principles, with specific sessions for lay reviewer pool members on the electronic e-Ethics review process.  More informal development takes place during meetings (e.g. discussion of the ethical decisions in relation to previous applications processed by one of the Ethics Committees).

Lay member views are very important.  Research ethics is an interesting and stimulating area, which depends on the views of a range of people.  All opinions are valued.

The choice of the lay members will be based on the attributes described in the attached person specification.

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview.   DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance and receipt of a satisfactory reference will be conditions of successful appointee.  This position is based in Preston.

If you would like to apply, please fill in the application form and submit to University Officer for Ethics either by email – or post to:

University Officer for Ethics (re Lay Member Vacancy)
Ethics and Integrity Unit
Research Services
Foster Building – FB033 Basement

CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.

If you would like more information before sending your application or would like to discuss the application process, please contact either Emma Sandon-Hesketh, University Officer for Ethics (0172 892735) or Alison Naylor, Senior Research Officer (01772 892728), or email