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Research Governance & Ethics Committee (RGAEC)

The University Research Governance and Ethics Committee (RGAEC) is the overarching research ethics committee for the operational research ethics sub-committees. RGAEC is responsible for recommending to Council and Senate such policies as may be required on issues of ethics and conduct in relation to research.

It is important to note that RGAEC does not review individual ethics applications and you are advised to use the Ethical Review Decision Making Tool to determine which ethics committee your application should be sent to.  

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Membership 2017/18

A Pro-Vice-Chancellor or Academic Vice-President, or nominee (Chair)

Professor Stephen Jarvis

The Chairs of each of the three Sub-Committees of the Research Governance and Ethics Committee

Dr David Ellard
Dr Fiona MacCallum
Ms Rachel Sandby-Thomas
One academic member of staff from within each of the four Faculties, nominated by the relevant Faculty Board and approved by the Senate, typically being the Chair of Faculty Research Committee

 

Arts

Professor Hilary Marland

Medicine

Professor Richard Lilford

Science

Vacant

Social Science

Professor Richard Hastings

Three senior Academic members of staff, appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the Senate, with expertise in relevant areas

Professor John Solomos
Professor Roberta Bivins
Professor Tom Sorell

Two independent members with expertise in the area, appointed by the Council, who may be serving independent members of the Council

Dr Pelham Hawker
Mr Paul Hamilton

The Human Tissue Act (HTA) Designated Individual (DI)

Professor John Davey

One postgraduate student, nominated by the Board of Graduate Studies

Vacant

The University Legal Advisor

Vacant

Up to two co-opted internal members, appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the Senate

Dr Joanna Collingwood
Professor Gavin Perkins

The Director of Research and Impact Services

Dr Catherine Cochrane

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Terms of Reference

(a) To recommend to the Council and the Senate such policies as may be required on matters of research governance, ethics and clinical research governance, and to establish related procedures in line with such policies, ensuring alignment with associated statutory, regulatory and legal requirements and the University’s Research Strategy, consulting the University Research Committee and other committees as appropriate.

(b) To provide institutional oversight to the University’s compliance with the ‘Concordat to support research integrity’, receiving reports from academic departments and sub-committees as required, and advising the University of any potential areas for improvement and development.

(c) To provide the Council and the Senate with periodic reports and an annual monitoring report on the work of the Committee and on the operation of the University’s research governance policies and procedures, inclusive of the University’s Research Code of Practice; and to consider reports from and provide periodic reports on the work of the Committee to other relevant bodies, including but not exclusive to the University Research Committee.

(d) To advise the Council and the Senate of any policies that may be required in relation to accepting funds from particular funders of research, in conjunction with the University’s Gift Acceptance Committee if appropriate.

(e) To review, as required, the University's Codes of Practice on Research Conduct and Research Misconduct and to recommend to the Council and the Senate proposals for their approval and amendment.

(f) To approve research governance and ethics arrangements of the Research Governance and Ethics Sub-Committees and academic departments.

(g) To approve the clinical research governance, sponsorship and quality assurance oversight arrangements of the University Sponsorship Committee and relevant academic departments.

(h) To receive regular reports on the activities of the Research Governance and Ethics Sub-Committees established to oversee procedures to approve and monitor research activities with potential ethical implications.

(i) To receive regular reports on the activities of the University Sponsorship Committee, established to provide review and approval of the University sponsorship of research involving the NHS and to provide quality assurance oversight of the University’s sponsorship portfolio.

(j) To consider any issues relating to research governance, clinical research governance and ethics brought forward by members of staff of the University, as seen appropriate by the Chair of the Committee.

(k) To act as the final body of appeal against decisions of sub-committees to reject research on ethical and/or reputational grounds.

(l) To support the sub-committees in the event of a regulatory inspection relating to research governance, clinical research governance and ethics.

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Reporting Structure

The Research Governance and Ethics Committee is a joint committee of the Council and the Senate, typically reporting through the Senate in the first instance.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretariat

Secretary: Ms Jane Prewett, Deputy Director (Research and Impact Services)
(Jane dot Prewett at warwick dot ac dot uk or ext. 22746)

Assistant Secretary: Mr Mathew Gane, Research Governance and Quality Assurance Manager (Research and Impact Services)(m dot gane at warwick dot ac dot uk or ext. 75386)

Papers for consideration by the Research Governance and Ethics Committee should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Meetings

Dates of meetings of the Research Governance and Ethics Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

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