Ethics, integrity and practice
All university research undergoes ethical scrutiny to ensure that it is conducted to the highest ethical standards and to protect the integrity of our research. We have a dedicated research ethics policy which is constantly reviewed to ensure that these high standards are met.
Some of our research involves the participation of volunteers, often sourced from the general public. Our ethics policy ensures that their interests are put first at all times and that researchers do everything possible to fully inform people who have consented to take part. Care is always taken to provide confidentiality and anonymity.
The research ethics policy is also concerned with the quality of the research process. Maintaining the highest standards of integrity, impartiality and respect for data is essential. A risk assessment approach is encouraged to safeguard the physical and psychological wellbeing of participants and researchers.
- Research Ethics Policy and Procedures (PDF, 45 KB)
- Principles of Integrity in Research and Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct
(PDF, 147 KB)
- Policy and Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct against Doctoral and Masters Research Students (PDF, 90KB)
University Research Ethics Committee
The University's Research Ethics Committee is responsible for developing and implementing the policy and a report of the Committee business for the 2015-2016 academic year is available to download. The chair of this committee is Professor Ann Macaskill. The University committee also closely monitors the work undertaken by each of the faculty research ethics committees and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Research Ethics Committees
The faculty committees are responsible for advising on and overseeing research projects at the faculty level.
Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences
Chairs - Professor Marcos Rodriges/Dr Reza Saatchi
Secretary - Andrea Bows
Development and Society
Chair - Professor Ann Macaskill
Secretary - Sam Wharam/Kate Wallace
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Health and Wellbeing
Chair - Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy
Secretary - Sue Wallace
Sheffield Business School
Chair - Dr John Nicholson
Secretary - Claire Bennehan