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Governance

Governance plays an important role in the delivery of our research.

Governance Board

The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Board has responsibility for contractual compliance of the Manchester BRC through its Chief Executive, who chairs the Manchester BRC Governance Board.

The role of the Governance Board is to set the strategic direction of the BRC and hold the BRC Executive Group to account for the delivery of the BRC’s strategy and objectives.  It also has a function in supporting the BRC to develop the partnerships and collaborations required to deliver on its ambitious plans.

International Scientific Advisory Panel

The role of the International Scientific Advisory Panel is to advise on the BRC’s scientific and clinical strategies, and critique its performance against international standards.

Membership of the panel consists of a Chair and international experts spanning our research areas, drawn from academia and industry, as well as a BRC Director from another partnership.

It is charged with ensuring that the BRC experimental medicine science is at the international forefront and linked with NIHR infrastructure across the country, and draws upon the full capacity of the science base at The University of Manchester and the population of Greater Manchester.

BRC Executive Group

Chaired by the BRC Director, who is responsible for the NIHR funding, the Executive Group coordinates the delivery of the BRC’s planned activities.

The Executive Group also has representation from all research areas, Deputy Directors, Operations Director, the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility Director, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement lead, Business Engagement lead and Capability Building (training) lead.

The BRC Director is a member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Board, which includes Research and Development Directors from Higher Educational Institutions and NHS organisations across Greater Manchester.

Theme-specific research meetings

Each research area meets regularly to monitor progress of their research activity.  Chaired by the Theme lead, these meetings also consist of project and programme leads, a patient representative and administrative support overseen by the BRC Operations Director.

Each research area is accountable to the BRC Executive Group for project delivery and management of its budget.