Research Ethics

All research projects carried out by staff and students of the University must consider ethical issues, and, where appropriate, seek ethical approval in accordance with the University's Ethical Review Policy.

Ethical Review Policy

Ethical Review Forms

1. Disclaimer Form (DOCX, file size: 70.14KB)

A disclaimer form may be used in cases where the researcher and the supervisor (where applicable) conclude that it is not necessary to apply for ethical approval for a specific research project.

2. Proportionate Review Form (DOCX, file size: 53.22KB)

The Proportionate Review process may be used where the research raises only minimal ethical risk. The research must: focus on minimally sensitive topics; entail minimal intrusion or disruption to others; and involve participants who would not be considered vulnerable in the context of the research.

3. Full Ethical Review Form (DOCX, file size: 62.47KB)

The full ethical review process must be used for research involving above minimal risk and therefore necessitating a more thorough ethical review prior to approval.

Staffordshire University Statement on Research Integrity

Staffordshire University expects high standards in the conduct of research undertaken by staff, students, visiting, honorary and emeritus titleholders, associates and consultants.  The University will act in accordance with the principles set out in the Concordat to Support Research Integrity issued by Universities UK in July 2012. The Concordat defines what is expected of researchers and their employers to ensure the highest standards of research, namely:

  • Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research.

  • Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

  • Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers.

  • Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal  with allegations of research misconduct.

  • Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly.

Key Policies

The principles set out in the Concordat inform the University’s policies on research integrity and ethics. These policies include:

University polices and processes have been mapped against the Concordat and an action plan has been produced to strengthen the integrity of our research.

Oversight of Research Integrity and Governance

Research Integrity at Staffordshire University is overseen by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Martin Jones.

If you have any concerns, or would like any further information regarding research integrity, queries in the first instance can be directed to Research Policy and Governance Manager, Cathal Rogers.

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