The importance of Ethics for your studies

Date published: October 25, 2017

Are you conducting research? Check the University Ethics approval process

The purpose of obtaining ethics approval is to show that as a researcher you have thought about the ethical and legal implications of your research and that you will conduct your research in an ethical way.

The University in particular is guided by three specific basic ethical principles:

  • Respect the autonomy of human research subjects
  • Do no harm to researchers or human research subjects
  • Act justly towards those who contribute to your research

The aim of the University Ethics Panels is to facilitate research whilst protecting the University, researchers and research subjects. The dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of participants must be the primary consideration in any research study.  

Who needs ethics approval?

The University requires all research involving human participants, animals, human or animal tissue, or sensitive data conducted by its academic staff, research degree candidates and taught UG and PG students be subjected to ethics panels’ scrutiny. This means that most researchers within the University are required to apply for ethics approval from the relevant Ethics Panel before commencing data collection.

Details of your responsibilities and how to apply can be found at

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