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Research Ethics

University of Suffolk is committed to ensuring research undertaken by its staff and students is of the highest professional standard and meets current ethical guidelines.

Researchers should consider the ethical implications of their research activities and what level of independent ethical review is required before they proceed. This should take into account;

  • The nature of the research
  • Funders' policies
  • Policy requirements of the organisation(s) involved in the research
  • The laws of the country(ies) involved in the research

For further information about our research environment, and enquiries about research opportunities please contact: Andreea Tocca, Research Development Manager at a.tocca@uos.ac.uk

UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLK RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEE (RETH)

Purpose

The University of Suffolk Ethics Committee is responsible for advising Research and Enterprise Committee on the development, implementation and review of institutional procedures and guidelines relating to ethical issues arising from teaching, research and other related institutional activities. The role of the Committees is to be proactive in relation to emerging issues of institutional, national or international significance. The Committee will oversee research integrity across the University, including monitoring compliance with the Concordat for Support Research Integrity.

Terms of Reference

  1. To ensure that staff research and postgraduate research involving human and non-human participants is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.
  2. To consider undergraduate and taught master applications from Schools which have been referred for additional advice as they are deemed to be non-routine, intrusive or likely to be ethically problematic or where institutional approval is specifically required.
  3. To note and act on recent legislation/developments which may have ethical implications for research undertaken at the University.
  4. To ensure that School Research Ethics Panels processes are in line with the University Research Ethics Committee policies.
  5. To ensure that School Research Ethics Panels are monitoring safeguarding training and Disclosure and Barring Service checks of dissertation supervisors and students where appropriate.
  6. To report to and make recommendations to the Research and Enterprise Committee and the Research Monitoring Group as requited.
  7. To audit the operation of Schools Research Ethics Panels, receiving minutes and annual reports where appropriate.
  8. To use transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.

Membership

Ex officio

First Point of Contact Regarding Research Integrity - In the event of any inquiries or concerns regarding issues of research integrity, contact the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee, Professor Emma Bond at researchoffice@uos.ac.uk

Notes on membership

  1. Observers may attend meetings of Research Ethics Committee at the discretion and by invitation of the Chair.
  2. Substitutions for members unable to attend a meeting must be agreed beforehand with the Chair.

Quorum - 50% of members.

Frequency of meetings - Normally every six weeks per academic year.

Reports to - Research and Enterprise Committee.

The Terms of Reference for UoS Research Ethics Committee is reviewed annually, normally at the first meeting of each academic year.

During 2019-20 academic year, the University Research Ethics Committee meetings take place every 6 weeks, as noted below:

  • Monday 12 August 2019
  • Monday 23 September 2019
  • Monday 11 November 2019
  • Monday 16 December 2019
  • Monday 27 January 2020
  • Monday 9 March 2020
  • Monday 20 April 2020
  • Monday 8 June 2020
  • Monday 20 July 2020

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