Research Ethics and Governance

Introduction and relationship between Research Ethics, Governance and Good Research Practice

In recent years the way that research is conducted has come under scrutiny from the general public, the media, government and major funding bodies. While the UK research community remains largely self regulated, individuals planning research should take into account various pieces of legislation, policy and governance frameworks.

These include:

  • The University's policy on Good Research and Innovation Practices (GRIP)
  • The Department of Health Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care Research
  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • The European Commission Clinical Trials Directive
  • Professional Guidelines
  • Funding body guidelines e.g MRC, BBSRC etc.

The Department of Health has formalised its requirements for the management of research in their Research Governance Framework and the University has developed its own policy on Good Research and Innovation Practices (GRIP).

At the University, the Department of Health Research Governance Framework applies to all healthcare research and the University GRIP policy applies to all staff and student research. While these frameworks cover wider issues, they both require high standards of research ethics.

The University Research Ethics Policy applies to all staff and student research involving human participants, personal data and human tissue. Good research ethics involves putting the physical and psychological welfare of the research participants before the interests of sicence or society.

The remainder of this website is designed to help researchers in The Medical School comply with both the University's and the Department of Health's research ethics and governance requirements.

[Page Updated: 02 Nov 2017]