All research within the School of Arts and Humanities is conducted to the highest possible ethical standards that are compliant with the Concordat on Research Integrity. The concordat sets out 5 main commitments:
The School is committed to promoting all aspects of these research commitments and complies with the University's Code of Practice for Research, Ethics and Integrity Policy and the University's Procedure for Research Misconduct (see the 'Documentation' section on the Concordat to Support Research Integrity page).
The SREIC is responsible for implementing the University’s policies and procedures in relation to research governance, ensuring that all research carried out in the School is reviewed for ethical standards. As such, its terms of reference should include:
The Committee meets once per term and has an agreed membership that reflects the expertise and breadth of experience that is required to provide comprehensive and rigorous review.
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. In the context of ensuring that research activity within the School is conducted to the highest ethical and scientific standards, all staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) are required to follow the procedures outlined in the flow chart followed by completion and submission of the appropriate application form.
The School complies with the Universities policy on Research in Security Sensitive areas as outlined in the University research ethics and integrity document
Security sensitive research projects are defined as:
The School will capture/identify these studies during the ethical approval process outlined above and complies with procedures regarding secure storage of data.
The University will offer training and briefing sessions, co-ordinated and facilitated by the Research and Enterprise Office in collaboration with the Staff Development Office.
The University through the provision of guidance notes will provide guidance and support and web-based resources that can be accessed via links on the Research and Enterprise webpages or UniLearn as appropriate.
All new members of staff are required to meet with Rev. Prof Jessica Malay, or Departmental Lead in Research, as soon as they start in post. This constitutes a formal component of the induction process, the purpose of which is to inform new members of staff about the Universities and Schools policies on Research Integrity and Ethics.
Compliance to research ethics and integrity will be discussed during staff appraisals (twice a year).
All new postgraduate research students will be required to attend presentations on research integrity and ethics as part of their induction process. School ethics training and induction are available through school training programme, run twice a year and recorded sessions are available on Unilearn.
Research ethics approval is a formal requirement of submission during the first progression monitoring stage for all PGR students.
The training offered by the School through our induction process is sufficiently flexible to provide subject or discipline specific guidance and training. Links to other professional bodies include: