All research at Sheffield Hallam 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.