Dr Birgit Whitman
Job Title: Head of Research Governance
In her role as Head of Research Governance for the University of Bristol, Birgit leads the Research Governance Team and is responsible for quality assurance and risk management of all research projects that involve human participants, their tissue and / or data. The remit includes responsibility for compliance of the University with the ‘Concordat to support research integrity’, the HT Act (including research tissue banks), EU Directives and the support for the University’s ethics infrastructure.
She is currently an advisor for the UK Research Integrity Office as well as a board member of the Bristol Clinical Research and Imaging Centre, the Translational Biomedical Research Centre, the UoB Information Governance & Security Advisory Board and the Crypt School Governing Board.
Before joining the University in 2007 Birgit gained 20 years of experience working in the NHS as a Research Assistant in surgery, R&D Manager and Trust Innovation Lead.
Birgit completed her PhD in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Glasgow University looking at Breast Cancer treatment and patient narratives. Prior to her PhD Birgit worked for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation (an international Foundation that has the aim of changing attitudes towards disability) and has completed a degree in History and Women’s studies.