Ethics

We are a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment, and our research encompasses the social sciences, arts and humanities and languages. Issues of research ethics vary between these academic disciplines and our review process is designed to reflect this diversity.

The School Research Ethics Committee is ultimately responsible for ensuring ethical research practice within the School. The Committee meets when necessary, but no less frequently than once a semester.

Our research ethics are guided by the principle of subsidiarity. Issues of ethics that concern undergraduate students are dealt with in the first instance by supervisors and the Board of Studies. If necessary the case will be referred to the Committee. Postgraduate ethical issues are initially considered by supervisors before being forwarded to the Committee. All staff projects require approval by the Committee.