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1 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Research Governance, Integrity & Ethics: Key things you need to know in 5 minutes! Isla-Kate Morris, Research Governance Officer Tel:

2 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Governance The institution Regulations Principles Standards Research quality and integrity Ethics The researcher Morals Human participants Research involving animals Environment Wider society Potential future use

3 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Research Integrity Being responsible for your research practice Follow the University Research Governance Code of Practice Follow your professional body’s ethical code Make yourself aware of the research misconduct policy and the whistle-blower policy

4 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Getting ethical approval isn’t…. …an impediment to research, but a learning opportunity and an important part of your training …a box ticking exercise, but a way of exploring ethical concerns during your research design

5 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Do I need ethical approval? Use the self-assessment checklist on webpages ( Discuss ethical concerns/research design/if you need ethics approval with your supervisor, SREO or me It is required for all research that involves: i.human participants (adults or children) ii.human tissue or materials iii.personally identifiable data iv.non-human animal subjects v.fieldwork or observation (includes online) vi.research that raises other ethical issues (e.g. research with potential social or environmental impact) vii.surveys, questionnaires, interviews (even if the individuals are known to you)

6 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise What to consider early on Discuss ethical concerns, evaluate anticipated risks and benefits with your supervisor or SREO Take time to consider if you need ethical approval i.If your research requires ethics approval you CANNOT begin research until approval has been issued ii.If research is carried out without approval, if it needs it, it can be considered to be research misconduct. Start early if you plan to research: i.Overseas (University ethics approval – requires Overseas Travel Safety and Security Risk Assessment form) ii.In the NHS, with people who lack capacity or using human tissues/materials (Consult me or your supervisor, you may need NRES or SCREC and NHS R&D approval with University sponsorship) iii.With children (University ethics approval and informed consent from parent/carer/guardian) iv.With non-human subjects (University ethics approval and Home Office, consult me or your supervisor) If collecting data think about how you intend to collect that information, include how you will store the data and arrangements around access and security Consider how to: i.protect the care and welfare of participants and researchers ii.minimise any risk of physical and mental discomfort, harm or danger to yourself, others and the environment iii.ensure confidentiality and anonymity of participants iv.get informed consent v.provide participants with information about the research, how it will be used and their right to withdraw in everyday language.

7 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Your ethical application form Explain your methodology thoroughly Put yourself in the reviewer(s) shoes – they want to understand your aims and objectives, how you want do it and that you’ve considered ethical concerns, ensure you include required supporting documents with your application Ensure all supporting documents are attached (where applicable); i.Information sheet and consent form in lay language ii.Recruitment materials e.g. poster or advert iii.Questionnaire / topic guide / interview questions iv.Overseas Travel Safety and Security Risk Assessment form v.Permission letter from the gatekeeper organisation

8 University of Sussex Research and Enterprise Key contacts Your Supervisor Your School Research Ethics Officer Research Governance Office Your Research Ethics Committee; i.Medical School (BSMS) (has a specific form) ii.Research involving animals - ask your supervisor or me (has a specific form) iii.Science and Technology Cross-School Research Ethics Committee (Apply online on Sussex Direct) iv.Arts and Social Sciences Cross-School Research Ethics Committee (Apply online on Sussex Direct)


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