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Ethics Committee Members

Are you:

  • Interested in ethical debate?
  • Interested in health care research?
  • Would you enjoy promoting good ethical research by joining an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC)?

If you are passionate about health care research, have the ability to analyse complex issues, take an objective stance and voice your opinion, then volunteering to become a member of an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The work of our committees

As a member of a REC you will review health and social care research applications to ensure the safety and wellbeing of research participants and the public. 

Training will be provided and you will need to commit to attend 10 full REC meetings per year plus some additional sub-committee business in between meetings. There are 4 committees based in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and meet across the city and one in Lanarkshire. Travel expenses will be reimbursed but this is a voluntary position.

Who should consider applying

We are keen to receive applications from people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who have an interest in health research and ethics.

As a REC member you will:

  • Increase your knowledge in research methodology and statistics
  • Gain a better understanding of research ethics and relevant legislation
  • Develop committee skills
  • Have access to Health Research Authority member training events.

You will also have the opportunity to train for the role of a REC Chair/Vice Chair after one year of membership.

For more information and an application form please email Mrs Aileen Murphy at