Appointments to all MRC’s boards are made on merit and with independent assessment, taking account of the need to balance the board in terms of institutional and geographic experience. Individuals’ protected characteristics may also be considered where nominees who share a protected characteristic:
- suffer a disadvantage linked to that characteristic
- have different needs to other groups
- have a disproportionately low level of participation
If this results in an evidenced need then MRC may take appropriate and proportionate interventions, including in final appointment decisions, such as through use of the tie break provision (Section 159 of the Equality Act). This is in accordance with our duty to advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Conflicts of interest
There are high standards of integrity expected by the public and parliament. This role requires the board chair to avoid situations in which their duties and other interests’ conflict with board business or where there could be a suspicion of conflict.
Board chairs must not:
- misuse information gained in the course of their work for MRC for personal gain or for political purpose
- seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests, or those of connected organisations, persons or firms
Previous experience with MRC or another major funder is a requirement. However, a research board chair cannot be a member of a review panel for a major funder (such as Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK) simultaneously.
Find out about conflicts of interests.
All personal data provided to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for a MRC board chair vacancy will be processed by UKRI in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.
The information you have provided will be retained and used to manage recruitment in accordance with MRC’s retention policy.
The appointed individual’s conflicts of interest information (including name and institution) will be published on the MRC website under the MRC board and panel membership.
Further information on how we use personal data can be found in the UKRI privacy notice.