School of Sociology and Social Policy

PGR/Staff Ethics Application Process Guidance

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Please use this information in conjunction with the information provided on our main page.


Researchers are responsible for ensuring that their research is conducted to the highest ethical standards. Researchers must ensure that they are fully aware of, and comply with, the University's expectations for the ethical conduct of research and the ethical requirements of research funders, professional bodies and/or the expectations of their research discipline.  Please see the information below regarding the application process.

Important documents (PDFs)


Core key principles for ethical research

  1. Maximising Benefit 
  2. Minimising Harm
  3. Respecting Autonomy
  4. Fairness and Accountability 
  5. Integrity and Transparency

All the ethical implications of a research project must be considered, including the impact on:

  • all those involved in the research
  • those who may be affected by it
  • welfare of animals
  • cultural sensitivities
  • protected species and sites

Information Compliance Team Sharepoint

Further data compliance information for researchers. (login required).

Researcher Academy

The University strongly recommends all staff and research students undertake the Research Integrity training.

Research Integrity Bytes

One pagers addressing common issues and questions raised by researchers in all fields.

Research ethics and integrity

Visit the research ethics and integrity sharepoint for further information.


Amendments to existing projects

If you are considering making changes to your approved project, the Ethics Committee must be informed of the proposed changes before they are implemented. Please submit a copy of all documents which will be subject to change, using tracked changes, and ensure that you use appropriate version control on these documents.

Other information


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