Organisational Development and Professional Learning

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 2016-17, each led by an experienced academic or professional in the field.  Information on each can be found below:

Staff and Student Courses 

Children & Research: Ethical Issues;

Data Protection and Research

Ethics & Ethical Review;

Ethics & Ethical Review Drop-In Clinic;

Ethical Issues in Online Research;

Ethical Issues in Research Overseas;

Ethical issues in using research assistants and translators

Human Tissue Ethics Workshop M&H and FBS

NHS Ethical Approval Process (M&H and FBS)

How to navigate NHS Ethics and Governance (NON Medicine/FBS)

Ownership, Confidentiality & Secrecy;

Responsible Authorship;

Research with Human Participants;

Vulnerable Participants & the Mental Capacity Act.

Staff Courses

Ethical Issues in Online Research – Ethics Reviewer;

Ethics Reviewer Training.

Online materials

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:

https://vlebb.leeds.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/orgs/GRAD00001/Responsible%20Research%20Conduct%20Wimba%20V3/index.htm

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

ISS 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

For information on this process, please see http://ris.leeds.ac.uk/info/70/ethics or contact the Senior Research Ethics Administrator: Jennifer Blaikie t:0113 34 34873.

This webpage is maintained by Alice Temple. Please contact A.C.Temple@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions, thank you.

Last updated: 02.05.2017

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