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UK Research Integrity Office seeks volunteer advisers

Volunteering with UKRIO

The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) is an independent charity, offering support to the public, researchers and organisations to further good practice in academic, scientific and medical research.

If you would like to use your professional skills to support good research practice, UKRIO have a role to suit you: joining UKRIO's Register of Advisers

- What do our Advisers do?

Volunteer Advisers play a vital role in UKRIO's work, including helping shape the responses to requests for our assistance on issues of research practice, contributing to UKRIO guidance publications and education and training programmes, and assisting research organisations in the investigation of alleged misconduct in research. This offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to UKRIO's shaping of research integrity policy in the UK and to help people faced with challenges to good research practice.

UKRIO's Advisory Service deals with a wide range of enquiries from organisations – such as universities, the NHS, private sector organisations and charities – and individual researchers and the public, including research participants and patients. UKRIO welcome enquiries from all disciplines of research but ensure that Advisers are only consulted on issues relevant to their expertise.

- What does the role involve?

Most of the Advisers' work is conducted remotely and UKRIO ensure that our volunteers are not overburdened by allocating enquiries carefully and proportionately. UKRIO recognises the invaluable contribution made by the people who volunteer to support it;

Advisers are always free to decline assignments without losing the goodwill of the organisation.

Advisers give their time to UKRIO pro bono and are not employees of the organisation. UKRIO pay reasonable expenses incurred by Advisers in the course of supporting UKRIO. Appropriate insurances and indemnities have been obtained to cover volunteers, including Advisers, when acting on behalf of UKRIO.

Further information on the work of UKRIO's Advisers, including their Code of Conduct and UKRIO's procedures for responding to requests for assistance, can be found here:

Code of Conduct for UKRIO Advisers

- How to volunteer

If you would be interested in volunteering as an Adviser, please send a CV and a brief summary of your experience with issues of research integrity to info@ukrio.org. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

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