Bishop Grosseteste University Research Ethics Policy
The aim of this policy is to provide a clear ethical framework for staff and student research at Bishop Grosseteste University. The policy raises issues which should be fully considered by researchers and their supervisors before undertaking any research activity. It is the duty of the researcher to conduct their research with due consideration to the ethical framework provided by this and any appropriate academic discipline ethical guidance.
The underlying principle of this policy is that research should be conducted with respect for the person(s) (or institution) involved in the research and should be designed, reviewed and undertaken in a way that ensures its integrity and quality. See the section Respect for the Integrity of Knowledge.
Research, wherever it takes place must be conducted according to the highest standards if rigour and integrity. All those engaged in research have a duty to consider how the work they undertake, host or support impacts on society and the wider research community. This research policy is framed within a commitment to the principles outlined in the Universities UK (2012) Concordat to support research integrity.
Commitment 1: We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
Commitment 2: We are committed to ensuring that research is conducted according to the appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards, maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
Commitment 3: We are committed to supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers;
Commitment 4: We are committed to using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise; and,
Commitment 5: We are committed to working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly.
This Research Ethics Policy should serve as a set of guidelines to be followed by members of both the staff and student body at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) when engaging in research. Staff will be made aware of these guidelines by the Head of Educational Development and Research, the Head of Doctoral Studies or any member of the Research Ethics Standing Group. Students will be made aware of these guidelines by their supervising tutor in advance of any research being undertaken.
N.B. Failure to follow the University’s Research Ethics Policy will lead to the data being unusable [hence any assessment point linked to the data being graded as a fail] and may lead to serious disciplinary action. Research ethics approval cannot be granted retrospectively.