Research ethics training and guidance
“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” Einstein
The research ethics training provision has been designed to offer expert advice and guidance to staff and students. It consists of a package of face to face workshops and individual drop-in sessions, supplemented by online resources. Any comments on the provision or suggestions for future training should be directed to the Research Ethics Senior Training and Development Officer Alice Temple
Ethical Issues in Research: A Programme for Academic Researchers
Core to all good research is a commitment to ethical practice in the development, undertaking, analysis and dissemination of that research. Understanding how to cope with the ethical dilemmas that arise in the field is of crucial importance in undertaking ethically sound research. Consideration of research ethics facilitates high quality research, encouraging researchers to pay greater attention to detail and be rigorous. As research activities increase in complexity, often conducted in an interdisciplinary manner, or with international collaborators, the ethical issues become more complex, consideration of the ethical issues becomes even more important.
This programme, designed for academic and research staff in any discipline, aims to enable participants to develop the skills and knowledge to be reflective and to think creatively about the ethical problems that may arise in their research. It comprises sessions in the period October to June 2017-2018, each led by an experienced academic or professional in the field. Information on each can be found below:
Staff and Student Courses
There are also some online materials on research ethics available within the VLE on research with human participants: https://vlebb.leeds.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/orgs/INTF00001/page%201_02.htm
and on responsible research conduct:
Guidance is available on the Mental Capacity Act at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@pg/documents/digitalasset/dh_106217.pdf
Information and support on research data management from the Research Data Leeds team: Research Data Leeds
IT have a link to a useful quiz on whether or not you are breaking the law in your online activities including using Twitter, blogging and Facebook. Test your knowledge: http://accidentaloutlaw.knowthenet.org.uk/
Health and Safety Services run courses on fieldwork see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/safety/training/general_courses.htm for details.
Faculty led Training Programmes
In addition, bespoke training is offered within the faculty run training programmes. This includes training on: Academic integrity; Informed consent; Cultural sensitivity; Roles and responsibilities; Whistleblowing; Use/misuse of research.
Please see the relevant Faculty training provider or contact Alice Temple for further details.
University-wide provision is currently being expanded with a new programme of training to begin in the new year please contact Alice Temple for further details or suggestions.
The University’s Research Ethics Training has been mapped against Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework enabling researchers at all stages wishing to enrich their skills in Research Organisation and Governance to see the courses available to them.
University’s Ethical Review Process
This webpage is maintained by Alice Temple. Please contact A.C.Temple@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions, thank you.
Last updated: 04.04.2018