In the School of Social Sciences we are committed to the ethical governance of research. All research projects that involve staff must have clearance from the College Research Ethics Committee (CREC) before any data can be collected or analysed. In addition, all research students are required to submit an application to CREC to secure ethical clearance for research involved in their studies.
For taught courses, ethical clearance is required for those elements of the programmes that involve the planning and execution of research by students. The management of ethics may come in the form of explicit protocols that students are required to follow while engaged in data collection, or may require a full submission by the student to the School's Research Ethics Committee. The latter case is usual for final year research projects. Where students are engaged in learning about research methods they are also supported in learning how to handle the ethical issues that may arise. This focus on research ethics reflects our commitment to the promotion of social responsibility within the social sciences.
Students may wish to refer to our Student Guide to Ethics .