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Research Ethics

Approval Procedures and Guidance

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On this page you will find information relating to the School's Research Approval Procedures and Guidance.

It includes a downloadable document which includes the School of Welsh Statement on Monitoring Research Ethics as well as Terms of Reference and links to ethical approval forms for staff and student projects. Below is some background information on the University's Research Ethics procedures.

Background Information

Cardiff University’s Research Ethics Committee has been established as a sub-committee of the Research Committee to:

The University is committed to rigorous and objective inquiry and supports academics in pursuing their research in an environment that affirms academic freedom. The University also acknowledges the importance of confidentiality as a guiding principle in research involving people, human material and human data. Cardiff University’s Research Governance Framework (Statement of Principle) states that all persons involved with research:

"...have a responsibility and a duty of accountability to society, to their profession, to the University and to the funders of the research, to accept full responsibility for the professionalism and integrity of all aspects of the conduct and publication of their research, and for the activities of any staff or students under their direction"

Ethical awareness and conduct is one key aspect of this statement. The University and School Research Ethics Committees should be viewed as aiding and supporting researchers in maintaining exemplary ethical standards in research across the institution. While ethical procedures are of crucial importance, they are only part of much broader issues. The University Research Ethics Committee aims to promote a wider ethical awareness throughout the University. It is desirable, therefore, that Schools’ procedures should also reflect the objective of fostering a culture among staff and students that is sensitive to ethical considerations where research with people is concerned.

Failure to follow the University’s policy and guidance for the ethical review and approval of research may result in disciplinary action. Where a School Research Ethics Committee or the University Research Ethics Committee becomes aware of research being conducted in breach of these policies and procedures or of researchers who are not complying with them, the matter may be resolved by informal discussion with the researchers and remedial action being taken by them. However, where necessary either committee may refer the matter to the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research for further investigation.

Health & Safety

Cardiff University's Occupational Health and Safety Policy can be viewed and downloaded by following the link below:

Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Unit


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