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Ethical Research

At UWS we're committed to conducting education, research and enterprise activities to the highest standard of rigour and professionalism. This includes integrity in all of our research activities. 

Incorporating Ethical Awareness

UWS students and staff undertaking research projects or degrees must be aware of any/all ethical issues associated with their project and of the appropriate channels for seeking ethical approval.

All of our research activities must conform to national legislation, all relevant national and international codes of practice, and the policies and guidelines of the University.

All research student applications for ethical approval will be considered by the relevant school committee/contact (see below). Once received, an application will be referred to University Ethics Committee (UEC) by the School where studies involve vulnerable groups and/or invasive procedures.

University Ethics Committee

UEC will consider general ethical issues relating to University activity, specifically, but not exclusively research activity. The Committee will also consider ethical applications involving human participants, and also where risks may be posed to the researchers themselves. The Committee monitors the quality of ethical applications and ensures the approval process is conducted in a fair and independent manner.

UWS Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics establishes the University’s approach to raising the ethical awareness of staff and students, and ensuring that all that we do is underpinned by global and future-focussed principles of fairness and opportunity. This Code includes references to our policies and guidelines that implement our commitment to these principles. It also sets out the mechanisms for ethical monitoring and review of all our activities.

Download the UWS Code of Ethics now (pdf)

Submitting an Ethics Review Application

UWS uses an online system to enable you to submit applications for ethical approval to conduct research - Ethical Review Manager (ERM) System. Your ERM application can be saved and completed in stages then submitted when all the information has been populated. You can also upload supporting documents. A built-in workflow will send any submitted applications to the Chair of the Ethics Review Committee for your School who will make a decision on your application. You will receive an email to inform you of any progress updates regrding your application submission.

Download the ERM Guide (pdf)

School Ethics Committee Guidelines

School of Business & Enterprise

An overview and guidance to the approach adopted within the School of Business and Enterprise for ethical scrutiny/approval of all research and scholarly activities

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School of Education

These guidelines present an ethical framework and procedures for the conduct of all academic activity to identify ethical considerations that should be addressed through the formal approval process

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School of Engineering & Computing

These guidelines outline the ethical approval process required for all research based activities (commercial and consultancy work as well as doctoral and student projects) undertaken in the School of Engineering & Computing.

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School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery

These guidelines outline the ethical consideration and review processes that are required for all health-related projects undertaken in an academic context.

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School of Media, Culture & Society

These guidelines present an ethical framework and procedures for the conduct of all academic activity and identify ethical considerations that should be addressed through the formal approval process by the School.

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School of Science & Sport

These guidelines emphasis that research and scholarship involving animals, human participants, personal data or risk to the investigator requires independent ethical scrutiny and the procedures tobe followed in order to apply for ethical approval

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Last updated: 05/08/2017