Research ethics resources
The University is globally recognised for the quality of its research. In order to maintain and uphold the high standards of our research we ensure that integrity, ethics and excellence are at the core of our research activities and fully embedded in our research culture. Please refer to the Statement on Research Integrity for further information. We are concerned with protecting the rights, dignity, health, safety and privacy of research participants, the welfare of animals and the integrity of the environment. The University is also concerned with protecting the health, safety, rights and academic freedom of researchers and the research reputation of the University. All research involving human participants, their tissue and/or data must undergo an ethical review.
- Application form: Staff and Doctoral students
* This proforma must be completed for each piece of research carried out by members of the School for Policy Studies, both staff and doctoral postgraduate students.
* See the Ethics Procedures document for clarification of the process.
* All research must be ethically reviewed before any fieldwork is conducted, regardless of source of funding.
* Please stick to the word limit provided.
- Application form: Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students
* This form must be completed for each piece of research carried out by all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in the School for Policy Studies.
* Students should discuss their proposed research with their supervisors who will then approve and sign this form before forwarding to the relevant dissertation convenor, unit convenor or programme director. Failure to get approval prior to conducting any fieldwork may result in the University taking action for research misconduct – the outcome of such action may be that your degree is not awarded and/or that you are unable to submit your fieldwork findings for assessment
* This signed form or a copy must be submitted as an appendix to your dissertation. If appropriate, a copy of approval from the SPS REC or other REC committee should also be in the appendix to your dissertation.
- School for Policy Studies ethics procedures guidance (PDF, 129kB)
- Data Proection Guidance (PDF, 257kB)
- GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018: Implications for research (PDF, 159kB)
- UK Data Service Informed Consent form (PDF, 133kB)
- Social Media Research: A Guide to Ethics. Dr. Leanne Townsend and Prof. Claire Wallace (The University of Aberdeen)
- Using Twitter as a Data Source: An Overview of Ethical, Legal, and Methodological Challenges.
- The British Psychological Society’s guidelines on ‘Ethical Principles for Conducting Research with Human Participants’