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Research Ethics and Integrity For Postgraduate Students and Early Career Researchers

Course Details

For Whom: Academics
Dates: Monday, May 29, 2017
Location: Kemmy Business School KB-117
Time: 09.30 - 17.00
Presenter: Huw Lewis
Duration: 7.5 hours

Course Overview

  Universities, research funding bodies, publishers and research communities all assume that research ethics and research integrity will be at the centre of researcher development programmes, and that acquisition of a higher degree and participation in research programmes will reflect high standards of ethical conduct and integrity in research design, development and delivery. Yet the pressures of deadlines and the focus on discipline and field and the thesis being undertaken can mean that ethics and integrity agendas are regarded as ‘hurdles’ or ‘impositions’ to be overcome rather than central to best practice in research and critical qualities for the researcher. The consequences of this, in researchers lack of knowledge about ethical research, potential academic malpractice or in poor research practice that produces ethical errors, are significant. At the same time, a knowledge of research ethics and incorporation of research ethics into practice can augment and enrich thinking your research development, practice and outputs. This session targets postgraduate students and early career researchers, though more experienced researchers/principal investigators who feel they need to refresh their research ethics knowledge will also benefit. It will assume a very basic understanding of research ethics and so provide a comprehensive introduction as well as providing a systematic outline of issues of research ethics, integrity and governance, the contexts and issues they raise for researchers and how to develop a deliberative approach to research questions that contributes to best research practice. In order to orient the discussion to the concerns of participants, to be of optimal use to them, each participant who registers will be asked to:

  • identify their discipline or field and their thesis or current research project(s) and,
  • Any ethical issues they are currently addressing or have concerns about.

These details should be submitted to by Thursday 25th May at 12.00pm to be considered in the final programme for the day.Programme

Time Session Notes
9.10am Registration
9.30am The principles for research ethics and the demands of research integrity– approaches and common challenges This provides a broad overview of the main ways to approach identifying and responding to research ethics and integrity issues and problems in research development
11.00am Coffee
11.20am Ethical questions in research development and research design This part of the session explores the key issues and problems researchers face in developing their research problem ethically
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Thinking Through Research Ethics Issues: A workshop on cases This part of the session focuses on the participants own ethical issues and concerns in their research with typical cases also available for discussion
3.15pm Coffee
3.35pm Surviving Ethical Review and Managing Ethics in Research Practice This session focuses on how researchers should approach ethical review and the requirements for research integrity and how they should approach ethics and integrity in addressing the requirements of ethical review and as a feature of their research practice.
4.45pm Closing Comments
5.00pm Finish  


To book a place, please email Please send your request accompanied by your line Manager’s/Head of Department’s approval to clearly stating your department’s cost centre details