Research ethics

Research ethics at Leeds

Research ethics involves a commitment to ethical practice in the development, undertaking, analysis and dissemination of that research. Understanding how to cope with ethical dilemmas that arise, is therefore crucial in undertaking ethically sound research.

Consideration of research ethics facilitates high quality research, encouraging researchers to pay greater attention to detail. As research activities increase in complexity, often conducted in an interdisciplinary manner or with international collaborators, ethical issues also become more complex.

The research ethics provision offers expert advice and guidance to staff and postgraduate researchers. It consists of a package of face to face workshops and individual drop-in sessions in addition to online resources.

The University’s Research Ethics Training has been mapped against Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (Vitae website). This framework enables researchers at all stages wishing to enrich their skills in Research Organisation and Governance to see the courses available to them.

Our research ethics development

We offer a range of short workshops on the ethical issues in research programmes. They are suitable for academic and research staff and also postgraduate researchers. We aim to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to be reflective and also to think creatively about the ethical problems that may arise in your research. These sessions are led by an experienced academic or professional in the field.

The provision all fits together to consider different aspects of research ethics:

  • Research with human participants: Find out about our support for research with people including that for members of ethics committees and researchers more generally.
  • Research with personal data: If you don’t work with people directly, but you will do research with data that relates to people find out about our support for research with personal data.
  • Responsible authorship: Find out about support for authorship and other aspects of research integrity such as peer review, collaborative research and intellectual property.
  • Research with vulnerable groups: If you do research with adults who may lack capacity to consent, or with children explore our support for working with these groups.

Ethical Issues in Research

Suitability: research staff and postgraduate researchers

We offer courses on the Ethical Review process and also training for ethics reviewers and on specific issues. These include ethical issues in:

Additional resources

Find out more

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