Research Integrity & Governance Manager

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 22nd Jun 2021
  • Salary: £41,526 - £44,045  per annum
  • REF: 8979
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £41,526 -£44,045 per annum

Closing Date:13 Juy 2021

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Research Strategy & Development (RSD) for a Research Policy Governance and Integrity manager. Based in the Research Policy Intelligence and Ethics (RPIE) Team you will be responsible for the oversight and management of University policies and procedures relating to research integrity, research misconduct, research ethics, due diligence of research activities and compliance with legal / regulatory requirements. You will provide wide ranging support and advice for the PVC Research Strategy and Resources, the Director of RSD and other senior stakeholders in the areas of research policy governance and integrity.This is a high profile role working across the Faculties and is integral to the ongoing development of a thriving research culture within the University.

You will play a key role within the University’s Research Strategy & Development Service (RSD). Based within the Research Policy Intelligence and Ethics (RPIE) Team, you will be responsible for oversight and management of University policies and procedures relating to research integrity, research ethics, due diligence of research activities and compliance with legal / regulatory requirements; oversight and management of the University’s policies and procedures relating to the management of research misconduct; oversight and management as required of the University’s external relationships relevant to the post holder’s portfolio and provision of support for the University’s interactions with external regulators on all research integrity and governance matters

Informal enquiries should be directed to Pete Wheldon, RPIE Team Lead at: (0191) 208 7196.

Key Accountabilities

Research policy development

  • Provision of wide-ranging support and advice for the PVC-RSR, Director of RSD and other senior stakeholders in the development of the University’s research policies and procedures, particularly relating to research integrity, research ethics, due diligence of research activities and compliance with legal / regulatory requirements.
  • Take responsibility for the drafting, submission for approval and implementation of new, and revisions to existing, policies and procedures relevant to the portfolio.
  • Act as secretary to University Research & Innovation Committee with responsibility for preparation of reports and policy papers relevant to the portfolio as required.

Research integrity & misconduct

  • Provision of wide-ranging support for the PVC-R and Director of RSD on research integrity and governance matters.
  • Act as secretary to the University Research Ethics Committee with lead responsibility for the preparation of reports and policy papers as required by the Committee.
  • Provide support to the Faculty Ethics Committees in terms of expert advice and provide resolution to problems arising in the process through knowledge of policy and procedure and resolving issues where no specific guidance exists.
  • Operational oversight of the delivery of University’s policies and procedures for research integrity, research ethics, due diligence of research activities and compliance with legal/regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the management and investigation of complaints of research misconduct in accordance with University policy and procedures, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, including funding bodies, as appropriate.

Operational delivery & project management

  • Lead responsibility for the preparation, approval and publication of the University’s Annual Research Integrity Statement.
  • Responsible for internal communications on research integrity and governance matters including editorial oversight of the integrity/governance content of the RSD and University websites,
  • Work with RPIE colleagues and other relevant stakeholders on delivery of support for compliance with non-financial grant conditions including the ongoing review of business processes and research management IT/systems functionality.
  • Provision of advice, support, guidance and training as required to underpin the University’s commitment to high standards of research governance and compliance.
  • Contribute to the provision of specialist advice and support relating to other research governance issues including open access and open data, responding to changes in national policy and ensuring appropriate internal processes and procedures are in place, working with other University stakeholders as appropriate.

Management of relationships and liaison with regulatory authorities

  • Support the University’s key external relationships on research integrity mattersincluding the Russell Group and North-East Research Integrity fora, Universities UK and the UK Research Integrity Office.
  • Support, as required, the University’s interactions with funding bodies (e.g. Research Councils, Wellcome Trust, Research England) on research governance and integrity matters including leadership of input to funder / government department audits on research integrity or compliance matters.
  • Manage effective relationships with colleagues at all levels in Schools and Departments to ensure optimal delivery of the University’s research integrity policies and objectives.


  • Deputise for the Head of RPIE Team as necessary.
  • Represent the RPIE Team in any relevant external meetings, conferences or other events.
  • Be the central point of contact across RSD for Freedom of Information requestsand Data Protection issues.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to make sense of complex or conflicting data and the different perspectives of multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to influence and persuade staff with regard to ethical consideration within projects.
  • Ability to converse and communicate effectively with researchers and those dealing with complex technical and regulatory areas.
  • Commitment to a high level of customer service and the ability to approach issues in a pragmatic way.
  • Administrative skills including excellent standards of accuracy and attention to detail. Well-developed organisational and time management skills
  • Demonstrable policy, strategy development and planning skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of research governance and ethical review processes.
  • Experience of identifying training needs, developing and delivering training sessions.
  • An understanding of the protocols for managing regulation and policy change in a University
  • Experience of web authoring (desirable)
  • Experience of Committee support (desirable)
  • Proven administrative experience in a research or academic-related based role.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent communicator, at all levels, on both verbal and written
  • Strong track record working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels across the organisation
  • Ability to influence and persuade to gain support
  • Promotes inclusivity, diversity and equality at all times
  • Creative, solution orientated approach to issue resolution
  • Resilience and sensitivity when dealing with complex people matters
  • Be confident to prioritise own work and find solutions to complex problems
  • Strong moral compass


  • Qualified to Degree level and/or with significant relevant experience
  • Higher degree or relevant professional qualification (Desirable)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

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