The University of Sheffield
Research Ethics and Integrity

Research Ethics Policy Note no. 7: Administrative Research within the University

In 2009, the University´s Senate approved a proposal by the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) that all empirical investigations, other than audits and evaluations, carried out by, or on behalf of, professional service departments of the University (i.e. `administrative research´) should be subject, as research, to research ethics review. This is in order to guarantee consistency across the full spectrum of the University's activities. It should also be a useful contribution to ensuring that whatever inquiries the University makes are of the highest possible quality.

Procedure aside, administrative research undertaken within, or on behalf of, the University is subject to the same research ethical requirements as academic research undertaken within, or on behalf of, the University. This principle applies whether the work is undertaken in-house, by University staff or students, or contracted out to an external research organisation (such as a market research company, for example).

The University has implemented two procedures for handling the ethics review of administrative research within the University:

1. Ethics Review Procedure for research undertaken within the Student Services Department

2. Ethics Review Procedure for research undertaken within other Professional Services departments