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The office team carries out UKRIO’s programme of work to support high quality and ethical standards in UK academic, scientific and medical research. It provides administrative, policy, research and technical support to the Trustees and Advisory Board, as well as liaising with the many organisations that subscribe to UKRIO. The team also co-ordinates the volunteer experts that support the work of the charity.
James is the Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office. Joining UKRIO in 2006, he took up his current role in 2008, overseeing UKRIO’s transition to a registered charity supported by more than 60 universities.
He directs UKRIO’s work programme and leads its advisory service, responding to queries and concerns about research practice from researchers and the public. He helped develop UKRIO’s Code of Practice for Research and other publications, used by many leading research organisations.
James works with UKRIO’s subscribers to provide them with tailored support on research practice. He regularly speaks on how to sustain and enhance research integrity; audiences have included the Royal Society, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Irish National Forum on Research Integrity, the new UK National Research Integrity Forum and the World Conference on Research Integrity.
James has collaborated in numerous initiatives to support research integrity. He contributed to the Royal Society-UKRIO project Integrity in Practice, a tool kit examining ways to effect positive change to research culture, and is an Observer on the Concordat Signatories Group, helping with the revision of the UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
Prior to joining UKRIO James worked as an archaeologist and a university administrator.
Dr Josephine Woodhams has a PhD in Medicine (Clinical Studies). She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate with over 10 years’ experience of designing and performing experiments in photobiology and nanomedicine at London’s Global University – UCL. She has contributed to collaborative cancer research projects with partners within the EU and USA.
Josephine’s role as Senior Project Officer is to support the delivery of UKRIO’s programme of work and assist with the development of new activities, in accordance with the objectives of the charity. A key element of her role is liaising with UKRIO’s many subscriber institutions, to ensure proactive support of the needs of their researchers.
Josephine collaborates closely with James Parry Chief Executive, the Trustees and Advisory Board, UKRIO volunteers, and the representatives and members of UKRIO subscriber institutions.
She has an interest in animal welfare and hopes to enable institutions to sustain and enhance their research culture through her post at UKRIO.