Structure and Governance

UKRIO is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, Registered Charity no. 1147061. It consists of four elements: the Board of Trustees, the Advisory Council, our Advisory Community and the Office team.

  • The Board of Trustees directs and oversees the strategy and programme of work of UKRIO. It also has responsibility for matters of organisational administration and the management of the Office team.
  • The Advisory Council consists of the Trustees of UKRIO and other members selected for their expertise in research integrity and related issues, as well as  independent and lay members. Its function is to advise on the strategy and programme of work of UKRIO. Formal decisions are taken by the Board of Trustees, since the Advisory Council has no formal authority over the charity, but are made after advice from the Advisory Council and reported to them. The Advisory Council includes members from the research community as well as independent and lay members. Collectively the Advisory Council possesses significant expertise in the promotion of research integrity, improving research culture, and addressing poor practice and misconduct. Advisory Council members hold no legal responsibility for the charity.
  • Our Advisory Community: UKRIO draws upon its Advisory Community to inform and support the work of our charity, helping ensure we are in touch with the needs and concerns of the research community. Our volunteer Advisers play a vital and varied role in supporting UKRIO’s activities. Advisers hold no legal responsibility for the charity.
  • The Office team carries out the work of the charity, directed by a Chief Executive who reports to the Board of Trustees.

The Trustees, members of the Advisory Council and members of the Advisory Community are not employees of UKRIO and give their time to the charity pro bono. Appropriate insurances have been procured to cover Trustees, members of the Advisory Council and members of the Advisory Community acting on behalf of UKRIO.


Working and volunteering with UKRIO

Working for UKRIO is an opportunity to develop a broad base of skills in a busy charity and gain an understanding of the challenges facing the integrity and quality of research in the UK. We work with universities, NHS Trusts, other research organisations, Government, regulatory and professional bodies, as well as with our counterparts in other countries.

UKRIO is a small charity, supported by volunteers. The many successes of our organisation could not have been achieved without their generous and expert support. Some volunteers sit on our Board of Trustees or our Advisory Council, the bodies that oversee UKRIO’s strategy and work programme, while others join our Advisory Community.