BGU Research Ethics and integrity

BGU upholds and promotes high standards of research ethics at all points of the research cycle

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) upholds and promotes high standards of research ethics at all points of the research cycle, from inception to dissemination, and complies with the UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity. BGU’s Research Ethics Policy reflects this compliance, and outlines several commitments to upholding integrity.


Application process

All research conducted within, in collaboration with and involving colleagues and/or students of BGU is underpinned by the Research Ethics Policy. Approval for individual research projects can be sought by applying for Ethical Approval, via the following processes:

Preliminary research risk assessment

Application for undergraduate projects (also including PGCE projects)

Application for Masters, doctoral and staff projects

Template consent form

Template Participant Information Sheet

Information about reviews:

Template for reviewers

Indicative reviewers’ checklist

Applications for research ethics approval are to be submitted to the University’s Research Office, sent out for peer review by two independent colleagues with training in research ethics and with relevant research expertise where appropriate. Reviewers may request a number of conditional amendments before ethical approval is granted. In all cases, approval is confirmed by the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, or their representative (in cases of conflict of interest).

Enquiries about the application process for research ethics can be made via the following channels:

Administrative: Ellie Foster (ellie.foster@bishopg.ac.uk) or Jess Alvey (Jessica.alvey@bishopg.ac.uk).

Concerns regarding misconduct, complaints, training requests or broader queries regarding integrity and ethics to the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee: Dr. Caroline Horton (caroline.horton@bishopg.ac.uk)

Independent concerns can be raised to the Head of Research, Dr. Andrew Jackson (Andrew.jackson@bishopg.ac.uk), via BGU’s complaints process for students or for staff via the whistleblowing policy.


Key contacts

Chair of the Research Ethics Committee: Dr. Caroline Horton caroline.horton@bishopg.ac.uk

Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre Administrative assistants: Jessica Alvey (jessica.alvey@bishopg.ac.uk) and Ellie Foster (ellie.foster@bishopg.ac.uk).

Head of Research: Dr. Andrew Jackson (Andrew.jackson@bishopg.ac.uk)

Chair of Education ethics sub-committee: Prof. Chris Atkin (chris.atkin@bishopg.ac.uk).

A list of subject representatives can be found by clicking here.

A list of the current Research Ethics Committee membership can be found here.


Applications

Applications are submitted to the University’s Research Office, sent out for peer review by two independent colleagues with training in research ethics and relevant research expertise where appropriate. Reviewers may request that conditional amendments be applied before ethical approval can be granted. In all cases, approval is confirmed by the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, or their representative (in cases of conflict of interest). Undergraduate and PGCE research projects are reviewed and approved at local (subject) level.

 

Enquiries about the application process for research ethics can be made via the following channels:

Administrative: Jess Alvey (Jessica.alvey@bishopg.ac.uk) or Ellie Foster (ellie.foster@bishopg.ac.uk).

Concerns regarding misconduct, complaints, training requests or broader queries regarding integrity and ethics to the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee: Dr. Caroline Horton (caroline.horton@bishopg.ac.uk)

Independent concerns can be raised to the Head of Research, Dr. Andrew Jackson (Andrew.jackson@bishopg.ac.uk), via BGU’s complaints process for students or for staff via the whistleblowing policy.


Research Integrity statement

In accordance with the UK Concordat for Research Integrity’s Commitment #5, BGU reports on activity in 2018-19.

  1. Statement confirming incidents of misconduct

In 2018-19, as previously, there have been no incidents of research misconduct raised or investigated at Bishop Grosseteste University. No breaches of policy or complaints of process have been raised.

  1. Summary of actions and activities undertaken to support and strengthen research integrity at BGU

BGU’s Research Ethics Policy was reviewed over 2018-19, and revised in July 2019, principally to reflect updated processes of data security, particularly with regards to GDPR. As such the updated policy has been shared widely with staff and students via workshop and seminar opportunities over the past year.

In the same period, staff and students were consulted on the efficacy of the research ethics review processes, at both local (for undergraduate and PGCE projects) and institutional (for staff, postgraduate and additionally sensitive projects) levels. Feedback was clear that the policy and processes are fit for purpose, and that support with the processes is suitable.

However, in order to ensure that all aspects of data protection and security are equitable and enhanced, a review of the current research ethics application forms commenced in 2018 and will continue through 2019. As supported by colleagues in the quality and regulatory compliance offices, research ethics training has been updated to ensure that all staff are familiar with GDPR, data storage and retention, sharing data collaboratively (and otherwise), and implications of working with sensitive and/or identifiable data.

Research Ethics Training has been delivered via CELT Staff Development Workshops to all subject and committee representatives, and cascaded to teams as appropriate. Staff training has been offered at four points across the academic year, and online materials are being developed to support training further. Training has also been offered to BGU’s partner institutions.

BGU continues to offer support and mentorship to researchers at all stages of their careers, providing opportunities to meet with the Chair of the Research Ethics committee and/or subject representatives to discuss project specific queries as required.

  1. Reassurance of appropriate governance of research integrity, and associated procedures for raising misconduct

Policies are in place for both staff, via the Whistleblowing Policy and associated procedures, and for students via the Complaints Procedure, to raise any issues of research integrity or concern.

 

You can view the Research Integrity Statement for the year 2017/18 here.

 

Statement of activity in previous years:

2017-18: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity. A copy of the Research Integrity Annual Statement Sept 2017-Aug 2018 can be found here: LINK

2016-17: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity

2015-16: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity.

2014-15: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity.

2013-14: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity.

2012-13: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity.

2011-12: there were no breaches of policy, complaints or concerns over research ethics and integrity.


Research Ethics Committee membership and representatives

Dr. Caroline Horton (Chair; BPS representative)

Dr. Andrew Jackson (Head of Research)

Dr. Claire Thompson (Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching)

Katja Bozukova (LORIC/Open data representative)

Dr. Sibylle Erle (Humanities representative 1)

Dr. Robert von Friedeburg (Humanities representative 2)

Dr. Abigail Parrish (Education representative 1)

Dr. Matt Dunn (Education representative 2)

Louise Maynes (Social Sciences representative 1)

Dr. Tracy Jeffery (Social Sciences representative 2)

Claire Maskrey (Social Sciences representative 3)

Prof. Chris Atkin (BGU professoriate representative)

Jessica Alvey: Research administrative assistant, minutes and coordination

External member: position open


Subject level Research Ethics Representatives

Subject representatives are the first point of contact for queries concerning research ethics and integrity within taught programmes (undergraduate and Masters level).

English: Dr. Claudia Capancioni (Claudia.capancioni@bishopg.ac.uk)

History: Dr. Claire Hubbard-Hall (claire.hubbard-hall@bishopg.ac.uk)

Archaeology: Dr. Duncan Wright (Duncan.wright@bishopg.ac.uk)

Geography: Dr. Sarah Hemstock (sarah.hemstock@bishopg.ac.uk)

Sociology: Dr. Freddie Attenborough (Frederick.attenborough@bishopg.ac.uk)

Drama: Dr. Viv Kerridge (viv.kerridge@bishopg.ac.uk)

Business and Enterprise: Becky Goodman (rebecca.goodman@bishopg.ac.uk)  (Elinor.vettraino@bishopg.ac.uk)

Theology: Dr. Jack Cunningham (jpc@bishopg.ac.uk)

Psychology: Dr. Alyson Blanchard (Alyson.blanchard@bishopg.ac.uk)

Education Studies: Dr. Adam Hounslow-Eyre (adam.hounslow-eyre@bishopg.ac.uk)

Counselling: Helen Elliott (helen.elliott@bishopg.ac.uk)

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Dr. Tracy Jeffery (tracy.jeffery@bishopg.ac.uk)

Early Childhood Studies: Ali Riley (Alison.riley@bishopg.ac.uk)

Professional Studies: Dr. Sacha Mason (sacha.mason@bishopg.ac.uk)

Health and Social Care: Nicki Walsh (Nichola.walsh@bishopg.ac.uk)

Maths: Dr. Elizabeth Kimber (Elizabeth.kimber@bishopg.ac.uk)

Sport: Rafe Elliott (rafe.elliott@bishopg.ac.uk)

BAPE (BA Primary Education with QTS): Becky Geeson (Rebecca.geeson@bishopg.ac.uk)

Primary PGCE: Sue Lambert (sue.lambert@bishopg.ac.uk)

Secondary PGCE: Jenny Wynn (Jenny.wynn@bishopg.ac.uk)

MA ED p/t: Prof. Chris Atkin (chris.atkin@bishopg.ac.uk)

MA ED with TESOL; : Abigail Parrish (abigail.parrish@bishopg.ac.uk)

BA TESOL & Linguistics: Smaragda Kampouri (smaragda.kampouri@bishopg.ac.uk)

 

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