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Academic Governance, Senate and Committees

Committee

ACADEMIC ETHICS COMMITTEE (AEC)

Reports to

SENATE

Purpose

The Academic Ethics Committee is responsible on behalf of Senate for the development, implementation and monitoring of policies, procedures, codes of practice and guidelines in relation to research and taught ethics, working within the University’s ethics framework. The Committee also has oversight of the operation of ethics approval at School level.

Terms of Reference

  1. To develop, implement and monitor policies,   procedures codes of practice and guidelines related to research and taught   programme ethics.
  2. To ensure the effective operation of School level   ethics approval for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes,   postgraduate research students and academic staff research activity, in   accordance with agreed institutional policies, procedures, codes of practice   and guidelines.
  3. To provide assurance annually to Senate on the   effectiveness of the operation of School level ethics approval for   undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, postgraduate research   programmes, and academic staff research activity.
  4. To promulgate awareness of institutional policies,   procedures, codes of practice and guidelines including ensuring appropriate   and adequate training and development.
  5. To ensure operation of School level ethics   approval procedures take cognisant of and appropriately reflect the ethics   guidance provided by professional bodies, funding councils and other national   bodies.
  6. To inform institutional responses to national and   international developments relating to ethical issues.
  7. To undertake the development, publication and   review of criteria to be applied to research sponsorship.
  8. To consider and report to Senate on such matters   that may be referred to the Committee in relation to ethical matters.
  9. To ensure that Council, through Senate, is   apprised of any relevant matters in support of the Council’s overall responsibility   for ethics governance.

MembershipEx officio (4)Ex-Officio (4)

Ex-Officio (4)

  • Dean of Salford Business School (Chair) 1
  • Dean of  Research 1
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor  Student Experience 1
  • Director of Postgraduate Research 1

Appointed (9)

  • Representatives from each School nominated by the Dean of School 1 per School
  • Student nominees of the Students’ Union Trustee Board 2

Elected (2)

  • Staff elected by and from the academic staff 2

Co-opted (up to 2)

  • The Committee may co-opt up to two members from outside the University with relevant and appropriate expertise

Total (17)

In attendance

  • Registrar 1
  • Associate Director - Research 1
  • University Secretary 1
  • Serviced by Research and Enterprise

Frequency of   Meetings

At least three times per year

Minutes of AEC Meetings held during 2015/2016

22 June 2016

Minutes of AEC Meetings held during 2016/17

19 October 2016

26 April 2017

28 June 2017

Related Committees/Panels:

School Ethics Approval Committee (SEACreports to AEC and oversees the ethics approval of the School’s activities in learning and teaching, research, engagement and enterprise on behalf of Academic Ethics Committee. School Ethics Approval Committee receives reports from the School Research, Enterprise and Engagement Ethics Approval Panel and the School Ethics Approval Panel for Taught Programmes.

School Research, Enterprise And Engagement Ethics Approval Panel reports to SEAC and facilitates research of staff and postgraduate research students within the School, maintaining ethical standards of practice in research and protecting subjects of research from harm, preserving the subjects’ rights and providing reassurance to the public and outside bodies that harm is not being done.

School Ethics Approval Panel For Taught Programmes reports to SEAC and facilitates research of undergraduate and taught postgraduate students within the School, maintaining ethical standards of practice in research and protecting subjects of research from harm, preserving the subjects’ rights and providing reassurance to the public and outside bodies that harm is not being done. The Panel also advises on ethics approval issues arising from module approval.