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Research ethics

An insistence on the highest principles of ethics and integrity underpins our research, and the welfare of research subjects is paramount.

Our policies are designed to enable researchers to carry out their research effectively, whilst ensuring that it is consistent with the highest standards of quality, integrity and ethics.

Evidence of thorough ethical review is a requirement of funding bodies across all disciplines, including the Research Councils.

Ensuring ethical practice

Each Academic School has its own School Research Ethics Committee (SREC) which is responsible for ensuring that all non-clinical research carried out within the School has received the necessary ethical review.

Each committee is also responsible for the monitoring of ongoing projects and overseeing the suitable training in ethical principles for students and staff.

School Research Ethics Committees report to the University Research Integrity and Ethics Committee, which has overarching responsibility for ensuring that research is conducted in accordance with the appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

Research involving NHS patients or relatives of patients must be approved by an NHS Research Ethics Committee.

Find out more about the rules and regulations we adhere to when conducting clinical research.


Research Governance