Trustee Vacancy

Do you understand and value high standards of research integrity? 

The UK Research Integrity Office is looking for new trustees to join the charity in implementing its new 5-year strategy.

Apply by 5pm on 31st May 2022

The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) is looking to appoint 2-4 Trustees to its Board.

UKRIO is an independent charity, offering support to the public, researchers, and organisations to further good practice in research. Created in response to longstanding and growing concerns about the reliability of research, UKRIO is the UK’s most experienced research integrity organisation. Since 2006, we have provided independent and expert support to help enhance good research practice, address mistakes, questionable practices and fraud, and improve the culture and systems of UK research.

We pursue these aims through a multifaceted approach:

  • Education– guidance and support through publications on research practice, training activities and a comprehensive events programme.
  • Sharing best practice – clear and honest development for the research community through facilitated discussions about key issues, informing national and international initiatives, and working to improve research culture.
  • Expert guidance– confidential and expert guidance, as a proactive service for both institutions and individual researchers, as well as in response to requests for assistance.

Currently 110 universities and research organisations subscribe to UKRIO, including most of those within the Russell Group.

Trustees share the collective responsibility for the effective governance and development of UKRIO, setting its major policies and agreeing the strategic direction with the Chief Executive and senior staff in accordance with UKRIO’s objectives. As well as the full Trustee Board, UKRIO has three standing Committees; Audit & Risk; Remuneration and Performance; and Nominations.  Trustees are expected to volunteer to serve on at least one of the Committees.  The Board and Committees each meet three times in a calendar year.

Trustees are expected to enter into a positive and proactive relationship with UKRIO and its staff, as well as providing oversight and guidance for its future strategy and fulfilling the necessary statutory governance obligations. UKRIO Trustees are ambassadors for UKRIO and will fully embody its values.

We are looking for candidates with a comprehensive understanding of the UK research landscape and the importance of high standards of research integrity.  Candidates with legal and/or governance experience and/or finance experience would also be particularly welcome.

The formal role description for UKRIO Trustees can be found here.

Applications in the form of a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4, setting out how your experience sits with UKRIO’s activities and ambitions, should be sent to James Parry (james.parry@ukrio.org) no later than close of business (5pm) 31st May 2022.