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Dr Andrew Rawnsley

Head of Research Governance and PGR

Andrew Rawnsley

About Andrew Rawnsley

Andrew Rawnsley's academic background includes an MLitt and PhD (University of St Andrews). He worked previously as a tutor, lecturer, and research fellow at the University of St Andrews; St Martin’s University (Lacey-Olympia) Washington (USA); and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium); prior to working in academia, Andrew worked in commercial publishing
Roles and responsibilities in Graduate Research School cover the following areas:

• oversight of ethics, integrity, and compliance matters for research
• policy, procedure, guidance, and training in research ethics and integrity
• contact person for allegations of research misconduct or malpractice
• Secretary, University Research Ethics & Integrity Committee (UREIC)
• oversight of research degree standards, thesis submissions, examination, assessment review, training and development
• regulatory framework for research degrees
• research student data analysis and reporting
• Secretary, University Research Degrees Sub-Committee (URDSC).

Research expertise
Ethics and moral philosophy, particularly research ethics; Aesthetics; 'Responsible Research and Innovation' (RRI)

Professional service
Executive Committee - UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Tenure 2010-2013 (1st term); re-elected 2013-2017 (2nd term) 

Council - Association for Research Ethics (AfRE) 2014-2017

Adviser - UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) 

Associate Editor - Research Integrity and Peer Review (Biomed Central journal)

Research interests and activities

Current research:

• re-thinking and re-framing research governance policy
• anti-theoretical approaches to research ethics
• 'Responsible Research and Innovation' policy and practice

Enterprise interest and activities

Consultancy/external training & development: 

Bespoke training and consultancy in issues relating to research governance, ethics, and integrity; including train-the-trainer and matters related to committees and reporting structures.

Clients include: Universities of Aberdeen, Bath, Kingston, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Manchester, Northumbria, Roehampton, Westminster.

Regular external training includes regional Vitae events and UKCGE’s 'Best Practice in Research Ethics' annual workshops. 

I have a particular interest in developing the capacity and resources for the ethics and integrity of arts research and practice and have worked in this area for a number of specialist institutions, such as University of the Arts London, University for the Creative Arts, Norwich University of the Arts, and Central School of Speech and Drama University of London

Please contact Andrew to discuss external training or consultancy options which can be designed to suit your institutional or other organisational priorities.