Research Ethics

The University’s Ethics Committee is responsible for ensuring that the conduct of research is consistent with the statement of ethical principles included in the Ethical Policy Framework.

Research must be conducted in accordance with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

This includes, but is not limited to, the Human Tissue Act (2004), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Data Protection Act (1998) and Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).  Research which is carried out overseas should also comply with the legal and regulatory requirements of the country/countries involved.

Our ethical principles go beyond statutory, regulatory or funders’ requirements, and all research activities, funded or unfunded, must adhere to the ethical principles. The principal investigator (or project supervisor where studies are conducted by students) is responsible for ensuring that appropriate ethical review is undertaken and appropriate permissions are in place.

All necessary ethical permissions must be obtained prior to the commencement of the research or prior to funding application where this is a requirement of the funder.