8 May 2014
9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Academic and research staff
Research should be conducted ethically. Across a wide range of academic disciplines there is increasing interest in ensuring that the way in which research is conducted does not violate the rights of the humans who are being studied. In this course we elaborate what ‘research ethics’ is and why all academic researchers – irrespective of what their specific discipline is – should ensure that their research approach is consistent with appropriate ethical guidelines. We provide a historical overview of the rise in importance of ‘research ethics’, we discuss the philosophical bases of ethics in research and we discuss how applications for research funding must adhere to the need for ‘ethical approval’. We also provide an opportunity, in the context of specific research examples, to tease out what we think good ethical research practice should be.
In this course staff will be introduced to QUB research ethics standards and expectations. This entails: