Introducing research ethics
Solent University requires that ethical clearance must be obtained before any research project or innovation activity can commence and potential human participants can be approached.
It is the responsibility of the principal investigator, whether a student or a member of staff to obtain ethical clearance.
How to make an ethics application
Follow the links below to find out about different kinds of ethics applications:
Information for students
Information for supervisors
Information for members of staff
Information for panel members/deputy chairs
Data collection and online survey tools
Staff and students wishing to complete data collection via online surveys must use the University's licence for Jisc Online Surveys. If they do not already have a user account, they need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
The University Research Ethics Committee acknowledges that surveys are an everyday part of education and research and enable the user to collect and analyse findings from a larger data set than handing out questionnaires/surveys individually. However, Solent requires that surveys should only be conducted using JISC Online Surveys. It will be considered a breach of ethical regulations is any other survey tool is used.
Useful resources and sample forms
UKRIO checklist for researchers
UKRI preventing harm (safeguarding) in research and innovation
Research Ethics indicative reading list
Research ethics release criteria
Example informed consent form
Example participant information sheet
When undertaking research, it is important to consider implications for data protection. Please read the University's information on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The University makes an annual statement on research integrity, which can be seen below.
Research ethics committee and governance
Research ethics standing panels report to the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC). For further information about Solent University's research ethics structures please view our ethics committee terms of reference:
Research Ethics Committee Terms of Reference
Solent University, as a signatory to UUK, upholds the commitments of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
Concordat to Support Research Integrity
Annual Statement on Research Integrity
The University supports high standards of research integrity with a range of associated policies and procedures.
University Research Ethics Policy (Academic Handbook 2S)
University Research Ethics Procedure (Academic Handbook 4S)
Student Academic Misconduct Policy (Academic Handbook 2L)
Student Academic Misconduct Procedure (Academic Handbook 4L)
Staff Research Misconduct Policy (Academic Handbook 2T)
First points of contact for research integrity
For more information about research integrity at Solent University, please contact Georgia Croucher, RKE Ethics and Integrity Officer: email@example.com.
For confidential enquiries about the University's Whistleblowing Policy, staff should contact the relevant member of senior management from the list below:
Solent University's whistle-blowing policy
- Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya, Provost
- Professor Emma Wadsworth, Vice Provost for Research and Innovation
- Dr Dominic Cunliffe, Head of Sport and Health (Interim)
- Claire Hughes, Head of Business and Law
- Associate Professor Darren Kerr, Head of Film and Media
- Lars Lippuner, Director of Warsash Maritime School
- Brent Meheux, Head of Art and Music
- Jan Parker, Head of Social Sciences and Nursing
- Associate Professor Sarah Radif, Head of Science and Engineering
Best principles for metrics-based research
Solent University has adopted the principles of both the Leiden Manifesto and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) which foreground best practice in the use of metrics-based research assessment. Both Leiden and DORA respond to concerns about the reliability and value of research evaluation using quantitative data and set out the principles for responsible, transparent and contextualised use of data balanced by informed peer judgement.
Read more about the Leiden Manifesto
Read more about DORA
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