Research governance and ethics within the School of Music, Humanities and Media

Research governance is the means by which organisations ensure that the research undertaken is of high scientific and ethical standards.

The School of Music, Humanities and Media has a responsibility for ensuring that research conducted by its staff and research students abides by accepted standards of conduct and ethics.  It therefore has developed a Code of Research Conduct and Ethics specific to Humanities research in accordance with the University’s ethical procedures. 

This code is designed to provide the appropriate set of criteria by which research projects can be considered with respect to issues of conduct and ethics and is supported by a series of Ethics Procedures designed to provide effective mechanisms to implement the principles and obligations as highlighted in the Code.  These procedures adopt the basic principles of:

  • Subsidiarity:  Active oversight should take place as close to the location of the operational responsibility for the research as possible.
  • Proportionality: The degree of scrutiny required should be proportional to the magnitude of the research, and the level of ethical risk it involves.

School Research and Integrity Champion

School Research Ethics Committee Members (SRIEC)

  • Jessica Malay (Chair)
  • Prof Catherine Johnson
  • Dr Rebecca Gill
  • Prof Dan McIntyre

The committee handles all matters virtually ensuring maximum administrative efficiency. All records of ethics forms are held within the School on Sharepoint administered by Ms. Claire Chamley.

All new members of staff are given an induction to the School’s Research and Ethics policies by Prof. Monty Adkins. Annual academic appraisals discuss and monitor ethical issues relating to on-going staff research and those of PGR students are considered through the annual Progression Monitoring viva voce examination.

In addition to individual induction for new staff, online training is offered via the Arts and Humanities Research Integrity module

Code of Practice for Research

Code of Practice for Research

Research and Ethics Integrity Policy

Ethics and Integrity Policy September 2015 

Concordat to Support Research Integrity

Concordat to support research integrity

Misconduct in Research

Investigating Allegations of Misconduct in Research

Security sensitive research

Links to external research ethics resources

Grant application and internal peer review process

The School applies a rigorous internal peer review process to all applications for research funding. The purpose of this process is to provide support to staff during the grant application process and ensure that all applications are of the highest possible standard and this includes issues related to Research Integrity and Ethics.

See attached sheet.

Research ethics

The responsibility for ensuring that all research in the School of Music, Humanities and Media conforms to nationally recognised standards for ethical practice is given to School’s Ethics Review Panel.   The responsibility for ensuring relevant procedures have been adhered to falls to the following staff: 

Type of research

Responsible for review


Undergraduate/PGT dissertations/projects

Dissertation/Project Tutor

Module Leader

PGR research

Thesis supervisor


Staff projects

UoA Co-ordinator

(via annual research audit)

Director of Research

Collaborative/externally funded projects

Ethics Review Panel

School Research Committee


1-Research Conduct and Ethics Assurance Procedures

2-Flow Chart for Ethics Approval

3-No Risk Declaration

4-UG and Taught MA Projects

5-PG and Staff Projects

6-Participant Information Sheet

7-Participant Consent Form

8-Organisation Consent Form

9-Reviewer Proforma

10-Approval by SREC


View full document as a PDF here - Research Conduct and Ethics Assurance Procedures