Research Ethics into the Digital Age

Building on 10 Years of the Research Ethics Policy at the University of Sheffield

This event was held on Friday 11th April 2014, and attended by over 100 individuals from all parts of  the University

The aims of the Conference were to:

  • Raise awareness of research ethics across the University
  • Provide guidance on a range of key research ethics issues
  • Promote dialogue about ethical challenges in research

View the Conference Summary or check the programme below to see the available slides from the conference.


Time Item Lead
9.00 Registration and coffee All
9.15 Introduction Professor Chris Newman, Chair of the UREC
9.20 Welcome presentation Professor Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield
9.30 News from UREC: Online Ethics System Professor Peter Bath, Deputy Chair of the UREC
9.45 Keynote Presentation: Ethics issues in internet-mediated research Dr Claire Hewson, Open University
10.30 Refreshment break/networking All
10.45 Keynote Presentation: Data protection and the use of personal data from the internet Professor Joe Cannataci, University of Malta
11.30 Keynote Presentation: Ethical challenges of international research Professor Richard Jenkins, University of Sheffield
12.15 Summary Professor Chris Newman
12.25 Closing remarks Professor Richard Jones, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Sheffield
12.30 Lunch/networking All
13.15 Concurrent ethics sessions

Session 1: Challenges of research using social media (Kelsey Beninger, NatCen)

Session 2: Responsible research data sharing and the role of research ethics (Laurian Williamson, University of Sheffield Library)

Session 3: Introduction to research ethics at the University of Sheffield (Prof. Chris Newman and Lindsay Unwin, UREC)

Introduction to Research Ethics Presentation 1

Introduction to Research Ethics Presentation 2

Session 4: Opportunities to try the online research ethics system (Prof. Peter Bath, UREC)

14.00 Close