Research Governance and Ethics

The Research Governance and Ethics Team work across the University to promote research integrity and good practice in the conduct of research. They develop and implement policy and processes to support ethical review and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. The team works with researchers from all Colleges to facilitate licensing and approvals for research where required.

Members of the team are always available to provide advice and guidance on any matters relating to research integrity, ethics and research governance.  The team work closely with the Governance and Compliance Office, Research Services, Technical Services and other Professional Service teams on a wide range of activities to ensure that good practice in the conduct of research is supported.

Research toolkit

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Research Integrity

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Contact the team

Research Ethics and Governance Office
University of Exeter
Lafrowda House
St Germans Road
Exeter
Devon
EX4 6TL

Gail Seymour

Research Ethics and Governance Manager

Gail takes a University-wide lead on all aspects of research integrity, research governance and ethics. She is responsible for developing policy and processes in line with regulatory requirements, legislative changes and best practice. Gail provides training for staff and students on research integrity and good practice, misconduct, ethics and governance and is the named point of contact for research integrity matters.

Gail is the Secretary to the University Ethics Committee and the Animal Welfare & Ethical Review Board and the co-ordinator for the Dual Assurance Ethics portfolio. She is the University’s Home Office Liaison Officer and Human Tissue Authority license holder. Gail acts as the University signatory for sponsorship under the Department of Health Research Governance Framework.

Gail began her role as Research Ethics and Governance Manager in 2012 having previously worked as an Assistant College Manager in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and, from 2006 until 2010, as School Manager in the School of Psychology.

Email: G.M.Seymour@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 726621

Rosy Armstrong

Research Governance Officer

Rosy supports the safe, legal and ethical conduct of the University of Exeter sponsored research.  She is responsible for supporting researchers in new applications for HRA approval and ongoing studies, performing research governance processes to ensure that the rights, dignity and wellbeing of participants are protected and that the Research Governance Framework, Good Clinical Practice guidelines and the University’s research governance procedures are followed.

She provides researchers with an efficient friendly and timely service to support the setup of studies by providing information on obtaining approvals and actively supporting researchers to produce study documentation and applications.

Rosy joined the RE&G office in September 2016 having previously worked as an Associate Research Fellow in the Psychology Applied to Health research group within the Institute of Health Research at the University of Exeter Medical School. Prior to this she has worked as a clinical trial manager at the University of Salford, researcher and clinician at Intertek and at Unilever R&D laboratories and at the University of Wales Cardiff.

Email: R.Armstrong@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 724371

Jo Parsons

Research Ethics and Governance Administrator

Jo provides day-to-day support for the Research Ethics and Governance Manager including organisation of Home office training and support with Home Office licencing processes.

Jo helps to develop, implement, support and monitor administrative systems related to research integrity, ethics and governance across the University. She provides ongoing project management and support for the implementation and further development of the e-Ethics online system and also assists with the University’s transition to using new online record and application systems provided either by the University or by regulatory authorities, responding to enquiries and providing support for users.

Jo provides administrative support for the University Ethics Committee, the Ethics Dual Assurance Portfolio and the Animal Welfare & Ethical Review Board.

Prior to working at the university Jo worked as a Quality Assurance Officer and Administration Manager within the care sector.

Email: J.L.Parsons@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 723056