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About us & contact

The MRC Regulatory Support Centre (RSC) helps the scientific community implement legislative and good practice requirements relating to research involving people as participants, their tissues or data.  We also influence policy and regulatory decision-making.

If you would like to contact us directly then please do so via the details below.

MRC Regulatory Support Centre

University of Edinburgh
1 George Square

Telephone: 0131 651 5062

Email: rsc@mrc.ukri.org

How we provide support


We work with the MRC institutes, units and centres as well as our university partners to interpret regulatory and policy requirements for individual research projects and research programmes. If you have a specific question, you can ask us at: rsc@mrc.ukri.org.


We offer a suite of e-learning modules, which are freely available to all.  We also run workshops as part of our learning programme for the MRC and our university partners, these can be face-to-face or virtual events. For more please browse our e-learning.

Sharing good practice

We create opportunities for those with specific governance roles in the MRC and universities to share good practice, build contacts and develop relationships. We ensure our community is up to date with regulatory developments, and provide members with the opportunity to network with others with similar interests.

Developing guidance

We produce practical user-friendly guidance that promotes good quality, ethical research. We work with researchers to ensure that our guidance meets their needs and is fit for purpose.

Working in partnership

We work closely with a number of organisations involved in health research, developing partnerships as required to address specific areas of research governance and ethics.  We have close links with universities, funders and regulatory agencies to facilitate UK research.  We have an ongoing collaboration with the Health Research Authority delivering joint guidance and learning initiatives.

Influencing policy and legislation

Through our work with the research community and regulatory agencies we are well placed to influence so that the UK fosters an environment for innovative, ethical high-quality research.  We do this by bringing the researcher voice to stakeholder consultations and policy discussions; developing a robust evidence base that reflects regulatory impact; and encouraging transparency in decision-making to enable a better understanding of approvals processes.

How we use personal data

You can find out how the MRC Regulatory Support Centre uses the personal data we hold in our privacy notices below:

Additional contacts:

Karen Jameson, RSC Administrator
Email: karen.jameson@mrc.ukri.org

Sarah Dickson, Head of Regulatory Support Centre
Email: sarah.dickson@mrc.ukri.org

Alex Bailey, Programme Manager
Email: alex.bailey@mrc.ukri.org

Anne Chapman, Programme Manager
Email: anne.chapman@mrc.ukri.org

Heather Coupar, Programme Manager
Email: heather.coupar@mrc.ukri.org

Rachel Robertson, Regulatory Manager
Email: rachel.robertson@mrc.ukri.org