Research Expert Committee Members

This opportunity might be ideal for those who have:

  • experience of arthritis or related conditions; whether that’s as a person living with arthritis, or a carer
  • an interest in academic or research career development
  • strategic level experience, preferably gained at committee level
  • good communication skills and the ability to work with others
  • confidence to offer views and take an active part in discussions
  • objectivity, with the ability to consider and balance personal needs with the wider needs of all people with lived experience of arthritis.

You will need:

  • internet enabled device
  • telephone
  • time – for twice yearly meetings with allowance for preparation and reading of materials, and occasional additional virtual meeting.

We will provide:

  • support
  • training
  • reimbursement for approved expenses.

More information about the role

Versus Arthritis will operate a Research Expert Committee (REC) to assist the charity in planning, developing and undertaking activities to support research activities. The role of Research Expert Committee is to input expertise and insight and provide strategic advice to help the charity plan and prioritise new research activities, including our financial investments and influencing activities.

We are seeking professionals with scientific, clinical, health and research expertise as well as people affected by MSK conditions and other non-research specialisations including health and social care professionals, policy, public-sector and industry as appropriate to join our newly established Research Expert Committee. Members of the committee will contribute actively in the role, giving clear advice and challenge to the organisation, contributing to strategic and policy discussions, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against the agreed targets. Members of the committee will input expertise and insight for their respective areas and provide strategic advice to help the charity plan and prioritise new research activities, including our financial investments and influencing activities. Members will also have opportunity to take the role of Chair or Vice Chair of Versus Arthritis Funding Review Panels to help the charity in making decisions for research funding activities.

Please note that to ensure independent insight, Research Advisory Group (RAG) members cannot also be a member of the Research Expert Committee. Successful RAG applicants to the Research Expert Committee would therefore need to step down from their RAG membership.

Key requirements

To be successful in the role, you will be committed to Versus Arthritis values as well as having:

  • expertise and knowledge of academic or research career development, or interest in academic or research career development possibly through funding committee work at Versus Arthritis or elsewhere
  • diplomacy and great people skills with the ability to work closely with and get the best from members of the Fellowship Review Funding Panels and Charity staff
  • highly developed leadership and facilitation skills with the ability to create an environment that encourages input and maximises the contributions of all
  • strategic level experience, preferably gained at committee level.

General information

  • Hours: Twice yearly meetings with allowance for preparation and reading of materials, and occasional additional virtual meetings.
  • Length of Opportunity: 3-years
  • Closing date for applications: Monday 4 July 2022

Versus Arthritis will pay for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in line with the Charity’s expense policy.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us by Monday 27 June by completing our online Involvement Network expression of interest form.