The External Members role on the Committees is to provide an independent perspective on all aspects of the ethics of research investigations involving human and animal subjects carried out in the University or under the auspices of the University, by its Schools, staff or students.
The External Member should be able to commit to attend at least 80% of the meetings (the number of meetings vary between 4 and 10 depending on the Committee). The Member should be external, independent and not professionally concerned with research on human participants. The External Member will be an individual who has professional standing but who has not been employed or been involved (including as a student) in any capacity with the University for a period of 5 years.
The role of the member includes:
• Reading and reviewing all applications against generally accepted ethical standards.
• Considering policy issues (e.g. best practice, application forms and guidelines) and other issues relating to research ethics.
• Attending at least 80% meetings of the Committee and contributing to the discussion of applications for ethics approval and other items of business.
The meetings take place during business hours. Applications are distributed to the members before the meetings to be reviewed. The volume of applications varies depending on the Committee. Applications are normally allocated to members to take the ‘lead’ on, meaning that the application is presented by one member who will have read it more thoroughly. However, members are required to read all applications. External Members may also be asked to take the lead on applications.
The position of External Member is unpaid.
The City University London Research Ethics webpages give information about ethics at City.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter (explaining in particular why you are interested in this position, why you think you would be appropriate for it and what you could contribute to the Committee) and your CV to Anna Ramberg (Anna.Ramberg.firstname.lastname@example.org), Secretary to the Senate Research Ethics Committee. If you are successful, we will contact you in due course to arrange for a short informal interview with some of the members of the Committees.