Royal Holloway is committed to undertaking research to the highest level of integrity and ethical responsibility, in accordance with the internationally agreed Concordat to Support Research Integrity, whose UK signatories include Universities UK, HEFCE and Research Councils UK.
The University expects that all researchers will uphold these principles, and increasingly our major funders are requesting that applicants and grant holders provide evidence to demonstrate compliance with ethical standards.
Researchers have a duty to:
- Ensure that all research is subject to active and appropriate consideration of ethical issues.
- Comply with ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards as required by statutory and regulatory authorities, and by employers, funders and other relevant stakeholders.
- The university supports researchers by providing an appropriate framework for ethical review of research, overseen by the university Research Ethics Committee.
- All researchers are required to record that they have considered ethical issues before commencing research through our online process for ethical review.
If you are intending to use secondary data you must confirm that the consent form from the primary data will cover further analysis.
Ethical Sharing and Reuse of Qualitative Data by Libby Bishop
You will need to factor in sufficient time to gain ethical approval before the start date of your project.
As part of your ethics application, you will need to consider what legislation your project must abide by as well as College policies and directives.
In your application please provide a clear understanding of how ethical issues will be monitored over the course of the research activity or project. In addition please also consider how you will manage and monitor unforeseen issues.
You should record an ethical self assessment before commencing work on a new research project.
For staff research projects, the principal investigator (PI) should complete the online process; for postgraduate research projects, the student should complete with their supervisor. By undertaking an online self assessment, researchers will be guided as to whether ethical approval for their project is required and, if so, an automatic link to the online ethical review form will be generated.
Researchers who are directed to the ethical review stage will receive further guidance to inform them whether it is appropriate to either ‘self certify’ (where ethical issues are minimal) or submit to the University Research Ethics Committee (REC).