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Research Integrity and Ethics compulsory online courses for research students


All research students, who enrolled on a research degree from summer 2016, are required to take an online training course in Research Integrity before they reach the Transfer stage of their doctoral study. The course has been developed by the higher education courseware designer, Epigeum and is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the obligations and responsibilities needed by today’s researchers, along with practical advice on how to deal with the complex situations in which they may find themselves. The course takes roughly 300 minutes to complete, via Epigeum online, and students can dip in and out of it as they wish, juggling training around already busy schedules.  Read the rest of this entry

Research Ethics Day – Events on the 16th October

On 16.10.14 the School of Education welcome Professor Sue Ralph to campus once again. Sue will be leading two sessions on ethics in research to which you are warmly invited:

  1.  Colloquium: ‘Does our Research Harm Anyone? Does it matter?’ 12.30-1.30pm in Sulgrave Upstairs Open Space. An opportunity to debate ethical issues (see attached poster).
  2.  Workshop: ‘Ethics in our Research: Getting rights right’ 2-4pm in Kelmarsh K202. An opportunity to discuss ethical issues relating directly to your own research in a supportive informal workshop (see attached poster).

Please feel free to come to both or either session, or just come along for a while if you can’t manage to come to a whole session. We look forward to welcoming you!

If you have any questions about these events, contact

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Data Protection and research data: Q&A

FAQ: How can I be sure that my research does not contravene Data protection law?

JISC Legal have just published a useful set of questions and answers on Data Protection and research data.  Beginning with “What is ‘personal data’?”, the 24 questions cover topics such as “What are the basic rules for processing ‘personal data’?”, “What is a Subject Access Request?” and “Can I store my data in the Cloud?”.

If you are working with any type of personal data then these Q&As could be worth a look.

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Workshop – Making an application to an NHS REC

 Venue: Walton Hall, Open University

Friday 27th September 2013

Working in partnership AREC and HRA

This workshop is particularly suitable for students, or anyone making applications for review to an NHS REC. A step by step guide on how to make the application and a look at what can be done to facilitate better applications.

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Administrative Data Liaison Service

News on data sharing and consent practices:

Across the UK, there is much interest in linking social science studies and surveys to respondents’ routine administrative records, which are generally held by government departments.  Such linkage improves the power and utility of research data by including new information that may not be easily obtained and reduces the costs, time and resources necessary to collect such additional data using traditional methods.  Typically, consent requests are made to link to a person’s health, education and economic routine records.

 The ADLS has recently reviewed the existing consent practices used by some of the major social science studies and surveys in the UK.  Read the rest of this entry