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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 human 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. Contact us for practical help.


We offer a suite of e-learning modules, which are freely available to all, as well as face to face courses for the MRC and our university partners. Browse our e-learning modules.

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. Workshops and fora activity ensure our community is up to date with regulatory developments, and provide members with the opportunity to network with others with similar interests. Visit our fora site.

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, encouraging risk proportionality, so that the UK fosters innovative, ethical research of high quality.  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 along with good communication to ensure that approvals processes are well understood.

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

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

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