Workshop for Ethics Reviewers

25 March 2019 10.30am to 1.00pm (Registration 10.15am onwards)

Location: Conference Room, ICOSS, Portobello

This workshop is fully booked and registration for this session is now closed.

This workshop aims to deliver training in how to review research ethics applications, for members of staff across the University. It is open to all staff, including staff new to ethics review. Existing ethics reviewers who would value refresher training are also welcomed, as the perspective of experienced reviewers makes a valuable contribution to discussions.  In feedback from recent sessions attendees have commented on how useful they have found the interactions in the sessions.  Those who need to undertake ethical review as supervisors of students, and Principal Ethics Contacts who would like to run their own ethics reviewer training are also welcome.

The workshop's objectives are to:

  1. Provide a context to the University’s ethics review procedure and help ethics reviewers to gain a better understanding of what the role entails, including use of the online application system;
  2. Enable participants to gain a better understanding of the type and level of information they should expect to receive in a University research ethics application form;
  3. Explore the ethical considerations that need to be made by ethics reviewers, and what constitutes appropriate feedback to applicants;
  4. Provide a forum in which ethics reviewers can reflect on and share their experiences;
  5. To highlight a toolkit of resources to assist ethics reviewers in their roles.

The workshop’s provisional programme is outlined below. A group discussion lies at the heart of the programme focusing on reviewing real research ethics applications.

Time Item Lead
10.15 Registration
10.30 -
Introduction to the UREC and research ethics with an update on recent developments Professor Peter Bath Chair of the UREC
10.45 -
The University Ethics Review Procedure Lindsay Unwin, Secretary to the UREC
11.00 - 11.15 Ethical Considerations for ethics reviewers Anita Kenny, Minute Secretary to the UREC
11.15 - 11.50 Small group discussion - risk assessing and reviewing research ethics applications Facilitated by Professor Bath, Mrs Unwin and Miss Kenny
11.50 - 12.20 Large group discussion - feedback and discussion on the research ethics applications Facilitated by Professor Bath, Mrs Unwin and Miss Kenny
12.20 - 12.50 Online ethics resources Mrs Unwin
12.50 - 13.00 Conclusion Professor Bath, Chair of the UREC