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We are seeking Research academics and professionals to join the Samaritans Research Ethics Board (SREB)
The Samaritans Research Ethics Board (SREB) is an independent group, which provides ethical assurance of research within Samaritans. The aim of the SREB is to ensure that any research projects and activities, that are carried out within or on behalf of Samaritans, meet the organisation’s research ethical standards, as outlined in Samaritans Research Ethics Policy. The SREB provides independent ethical review of research deemed to carry a higher level of risk and contributes to oversight and assurance of the overall research ethics review process. The members of SREB review research applications and provide recommendations for approval (or not).
The SREB will comprise up to 6 independent members (including the Chair of SREB), offering diverse expertise and experience. Members can be from a variety of academic disciplines or related professions (such as psychology, sociology, public health or market research), funding organisations or national research ethics bodies. In addition, members are appointed on the basis of expertise by experience – for example, as a Samaritans service user or volunteer, or someone with lived experience of suicide or self-harm.
SREB members review research applications for ethical approval electronically and provide recommendations to Samaritans as to whether the research should be approved. This will also involve providing detailed feedback to support recommendations and requests for changes or further information on applications where needed. SREB members may also be asked to review amendments to applications based on SREB recommendations. SREB members will generally convene ‘virtually’ by email or virtual meetings (where needed) to discuss specific applications. Twice a year the SREB will meet virtually to discuss matters relating to the SREB and processes for ethical review within Samaritans. This will include discussion of a selection of previous applications to review the effectiveness of the process and address any changes needed. Members may be asked to review papers and materials specific to the meeting agenda in advance.
About the Role
- Home-based: 2 meetings per year (online), plus 3-6 hours per month home working
- 3 year term
- Voluntary role (unpaid)
- Application deadline is 10am on 24 January 2022
Who are we looking for?
3 New board members with relevant professional expertise; including one member to be appointed as Chair of SREB
- Relevant academic and professional backgrounds in research related to Samaritans e.g. psychology, sociology, public health, user research, funding organisations, or national research ethics bodies
- Holds a postgraduate qualification or equivalent professional experience
- Individuals with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds, for example we are keen to hear from people who are from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, or living with a disability
- Prior experience of working on an Ethics Board or Committee (desirable)
Further information can be found within the role description document below.
How do I apply?
Please apply via our careers website by 24 January 2022. Please complete the application form below and attach a copy of your CV (no more than 2 pages), detailing your relevant experience.
You can also email Dr Liz Scowcroft, Samaritans’ Head of Research & Evaluation ([email protected]) if you have any questions about the role or your application before this.
Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.
We are dedicated to making reasonable adjustments to support candidates throughout our recruitment process. We are flexible in how we receive information and if you would like to apply via a different format, please let us know by email, which can be found within the role description.
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