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.


Training and Staff Development

Research Ethics and Integrity training opportunities are offered to staff and students throughout the year. The next formal session is scheduled for Monday 17th September at 12 midday. Please contact kate.smith@bishopg.ac.uk (CELT) to register a place. A repeater session will be held on Tuesday 22nd January at 11am. Further training opportunities will be circulated via the Staff and Student Portals.


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

Administrative assistants: Ellie Foster (ellie.foster@bishopg.ac.uk) and  Jess Alvey (jessica.alvey@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 here (link to information on page 4).

A list of the current Research Ethics Committee membership can be found here (link to information on page 5).


Research Integrity statement

In accordance with the UK Concordat for Research Integrity’s Commitment #5, BGU reports on activity in 2017-18.

  1. (statement confirming incidents of misconduct)

In 2017-18, 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 revised in July 2017 and, as such, over the past year the updated policy has been shared widely with staff and students via workshop and seminar opportunities.

The Research Ethics Committee has expanded so to welcome academics with expertise in a broader array of disciplines, including archaeology and open data, to reflect the University’s expanding remit and research foci.

Processes supporting ethics application submission and review were considered, with minor amendments being implemented, including ensuring application reviewers were contacted independently, and requesting reviewers to demarcate comments for applicants from general comments to the administrators and Chair.

A sub-committee for Education was established, reporting to the Research Ethics Committee. Processes for the review of Masters dissertations in Archaeology and Heritage (Education), and for undergraduate field trips in Geography have been established.

We have worked with the People and Organisational Development department to ensure that new academic members of staff are introduced to the Research Ethics Policy at Induction, on their first day in employment at BGU. The Chair of the Ethics Committee further reviews new members of staff (both academic and non-academic) for their possible need to receive additional training in research ethics and integrity.

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 to discuss project specific queries as required.

The Research Ethics Committee seeks to expand these exercises over the next year, cascading training opportunities through subject representatives.

  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 procedure, and for students via the Complaints Procedure, to raise any issues of research integrity or concern.

Statement of activity in previous years:

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. Sibylle Erle (Identity, Culture and Communication research cluster representative)

Dr. Robert von Friedeburg (School of Humanities representative)

Dr. Andrew Jackson (Head of Research)

Katja Bozukova (LORIC/Open data representative)

Dr. Yvonne Hill (Public Policy and Professional Practice in education research cluster representative) (SOTD)

External member: position open

Prof. Chris Atkin (BGU professoriate representative)

Dr. Steve Puttick (School of Teacher Development representative)

Louise Maynes (Early Childhood research cluster representative)

Julia Lindley-Baker (Health, Wellbeing and Community research cluster representative)

Claire Maskrey (School of Social Sciences representative)

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

Dr. Philip Wood (Reader Representative)


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).

School of Humanities:

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

History: Dr. Craig Spence (craig.spence@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: Dr. Elinor Vettraino (Elinor.vettraino@bishopg.ac.uk)

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

School of Social Sciences:

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. Julia Lindley-Baker (Julia.lindley-baker@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)

School of Teacher Development:

BAPE (BA Primary Education with QTS): Dr. Ashley Compton (Ashley.compton@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: Dr. Yvonne Hill (Yvonne.hill@bishopg.ac.uk)

MA ED with TESOL: Ami Montgomery (ami.montgomery@bishopg.ac.uk)

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

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