Research Ethics

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The next scheduled review of this impact assessment is on Saturday 31 January 2015.

Faculty or Service Area: University Research and Enterprise
Name of policy owner: Matthew Froggatt
Original policy document: None.
Creation date: 2010/06/04
Purpose of the policy being assessed:
To regulate research degree programmes.
Customer groups affected by the policy: Staff, Students
Relevant protected characteristics affected by the policy: Age, Disability, Gender, Race, Religious belief, Sexual orientation, Socio-economic group (students only), Mode of attendance (part-time or full-time)
Examples of how these protected characteristics are affected by policy with evidence, justification and course of action:
The ethics policy is deliberately designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all researchers and the data and people involved in this process.

No reference is specifically made to any of the above in section 5 or 6.

Section 6 which relates to misconduct in research is also designed to protect both the complainant(s) and respondent(s). Examples of this are as follows:

F3.7.6 Allows the assessment panel to proceed in various ways providing them with some flexibility to take the individual respondent(s) circumstances in to account.

F3.11.10 Both the complainant and respondent have the right to accompaniment in all cases.

This policy applies to, and affects, all students equally.

Supporting evidence: None.
Feedback from Equality Forums and other interested parties:
This impact assessment was undertaken in the old system so there is currently no feedback.
Awaiting feedback.
Consultation open: Feedback on this impact assessment is welcome, but it is not officially under consultation at this time.
Review date: 2015/01/31
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