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Message from the Chair


0116 Rev Daniel JeyarajOne of the features of research is that it is conducted in ways that demonstrate integrity, honesty, accuracy and probity both of the institution and of the people conducting the research. Liverpool Hope University requires all research, whether by staff or by students, to have ethical approval. This is an assurance for the public that the University has given due consideration to the ethics of the research and has passed it fit to be undertaken. Not only does this give an assurance to the public, but it enables the researcher to know that the work is being conducted with the support of the educational community of the University.

The process of ethical approval is firstly dealt with at the level of the department and then by the Faculty. Each Faculty has a Faculty Research Ethics Committee that meets regularly and oversees that due process is being carried out and that all ethical issues are being addressed. Only once ethical approval is given can it be claimed that the research is approved or recognised by the University.

Revd. Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, Chair of the Research Ethics Sub-Committee

 

Research Ethics at Liverpool Hope University

The responsibility for promoting and delivering good research practice is shared by the whole research community. Researchers should strive for the highest achievable standards in the planning, conduct and reporting of their research and demonstrate integrity in their dealings with others. Organisations funding, undertaking or engaged with research should foster a culture that supports and embeds good research practice and aims to prevent research misconduct. Researchers and research organisations have a duty to ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear, that appropriate resources and skills are in place and that a robust framework is in place to ensure the highest standards of integrity, including the standards required in relation to research ethics.

Whilst systems of ethics review and regulatory requirements change quite rapidly, there are a number of ethical principles that should be followed when undertaking research and they form the basis of our Research Ethics Policy

At their core, these ethical principles stress the need to (a) do good (known as beneficence) and (b) do no harm (known as non-malfeasance). In practice, these ethical principles mean that all researchers, whether staff or students, need to ensure that their research is designed and conducted to the highest standards possible. In order to achieve this, researchers may, dependent upon the nature of their project, be required to: (1) obtain informed consent from potential research participants or those responsible for their well-being (e.g. parents); (2) minimise the risk of harm to participants; (3) protect their anonymity and confidentiality; (4) avoid using deceptive or covert practices; and (5) give participants the right to withdraw from the research.

Policy & Forms

Please find below the University policy on ethics and useful forms which will help guide you through the ethical process at Liverpool Hope: 

1 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research WITHOUT human groups
2 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with NON-vulnerable human groups
3 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with vulnerable human groups

Committee

The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee is responsible for oversight of all matters relating to research ethics across the University and for the implementation and updating of the University ethics policy. It reports to the Research Committee of Senate. The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee will meet at least twice a term to receive reports from the Faculty Research Ethics Sub-Committees and to consider any specific cases brought forward by the Faculties. The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee will also keep the ethics policy under review and ensure that systems are in place to provide training and guidance for staff.

Committee membership:

Reverend Professor Daniel Jeyaraj  Chair
Mr Graham Donelan University Secretary
Professor Neil Ferguson Faculty of Science Representative
Dr Ruth Kircher Faculty of Arts & Humanities Representative
Dr Babs Anderson Faculty of Education Representative
Professor Aann Macaskill

External Member (Sheffield Hallam University)

Ms Ann-Kathrin Johnen

Student Representative

TBC

Committee Secretariat

 

Schedule of meetings:

Date  Time  Location 
Wednesday 14th December 2016  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217
Tuesday 31st January 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 122
Friday 17th March 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217
Wednesday 10th May 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217
Thursday 15th June 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217

A&H

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities Research Ethics Sub Committee reports directly to their Faculty Board and Research Committees. The minutes of meetings and log of approved ethical clearance are noted by the University's main ethics committee to ensure oversight of the process. This committee of the Faculty will meet regularly throughout the academic year, and colleagues are available to discuss a range of ethical matters with both staff and students.

The Faculty committee is chaired by Dr Ruth Kircher

Each Faculty has a series of Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs) who take a role in ethical matters within that subject area, if you need subject specific advice, please find the following colleagues who will be able to assist you:

Discipline / Department Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs)
Liverpool Hope Business School Dr Asad Ghalib
Drama, Dance & Performance Dr Kris Darby
English Dr Salman Al-Azami
Fine & Applied Arts Dr Judith Walsh 
History Dr John Appleby
Politics & International Relations Dr Michael Holmes
Law Dr Kyriakos Kotsoglou
Media & Communication Mrs Sue Cronshaw
Music Dr Sophie Redfern
Social Science Dr Zaki Nahaboo
Social Work Dr David Neary 
Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies Dr Alex Wynne

 

Apply for ethical consent

Staff or students wishing to apply for ethical consent should select the appropriate form below, complete and return to the Faculty ethics team via the ethics email address:

1 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research WITHOUT human groups

2 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with NON-vulnerable human groups

3 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with vulnerable human groups

 

 

Contact us

E. artsresearchethics@hope.ac.uk

Please copy [cc.] your email to the relevant DEL.

Education

The Faculty of Education Research Ethics Sub Committee reports directly to their Faculty Board and Research Committees. The minutes of meetings and log of approved ethical clearance are noted by the University's main ethics committee to ensure oversight of the process. This committee of the Faculty will meet regularly throughout the academic year, and colleagues are available to discuss a range of ethical matters with both staff and students.

The Faculty committee is chaired by Dr Babs Anderson.

Each Faculty has a series of Departmental Ethics Leads who take a role in ethical matters within that subject area, if you need subject specific advice, please find the following colleagues who will be able to assist you:

Discipline / Department Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs)
Dr Cathal O'Siochru MA Provision
Dr Kyriakos Demetriou 

Early Childhood

Dr Ana Be Pereira

SEN
Dr Liz Parr School of ITE
Dr David Feeney SEN

Dr Joris Vlieghe

Education Studies

Dr Piotr Zamojski Education Studies
Dr Claire Lloyd School of ITE
Sarah Meir Faculty Executive Officer
Dr Zoi Nikiforidou Early Childhood
Cassia Gilford FERESC Secretariat

 

Apply for ethical consent

Staff or students wishing to apply for ethical consent should select the appropriate form below, complete and return to the Faculty ethics team via the ethics email address. For researchers wishing to undertake research which involves human participants there is a comprehensive form which needs to be completed, whilst there is a shorter form for all other projects, please select as appropriate:

1 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research WITHOUT human groups

2 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with NON-vulnerable human groups

3 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with vulnerable human groups 

 

Committee meeting date Submission deadline
Wednesday 15th March 2017  Friday 10th March
Thursday 4th May 2017 Friday 28th April
 Friday 2nd June 2017 Friday 26th May 2017

Contact us

E. educationethics@hope.ac.uk

Science

The Faculty of Science Research Ethics Sub Committee reports directly to their Faculty Board and Research Committees. The minutes of meetings and log of approved ethical clearance are noted by the University's main ethics committee to ensure oversight of the process. This committee of the Faculty will meet regularly throughout the academic year, and colleagues are available to discuss a range of ethical matters with both staff and students.

The Faculty committee is chaired by Professor Neil Ferguson

Each Faculty has a series of Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs) who take a role in ethical matters within that subject area, if you need subject specific advice, please find the following colleagues who will be able to assist you:

Discipline / Department Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs)
Dr Emanuele Secco  Mathematics and Computer Science
Julienne McGeogh Psychology
Dr Simon Marwood Health Sciences
Dr Kevin Crawford Geography and Environmental Science
Dr Enrique Salcedo-Sora Health Science - Biology
Dr Peter Angell Health Science - Sport
Dr Eve Binks Psychology

 

Policy & Forms

Please find below the University policy on ethics and useful forms which will help guide you through the ethical process at Liverpool Hope:

Research Ethics Policy
 
1 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research WITHOUT human groups
2 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with NON-vulnerable human groups
3 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with vulnerable human groups

Contact Us

E. scienceethics@hope.ac.uk

Research Ethics

Message from the Chair


0116 Rev Daniel JeyarajOne of the features of research is that it is conducted in ways that demonstrate integrity, honesty, accuracy and probity both of the institution and of the people conducting the research. Liverpool Hope University requires all research, whether by staff or by students, to have ethical approval. This is an assurance for the public that the University has given due consideration to the ethics of the research and has passed it fit to be undertaken. Not only does this give an assurance to the public, but it enables the researcher to know that the work is being conducted with the support of the educational community of the University.

The process of ethical approval is firstly dealt with at the level of the department and then by the Faculty. Each Faculty has a Faculty Research Ethics Committee that meets regularly and oversees that due process is being carried out and that all ethical issues are being addressed. Only once ethical approval is given can it be claimed that the research is approved or recognised by the University.

Revd. Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, Chair of the Research Ethics Sub-Committee

 

Research Ethics at Liverpool Hope University

The responsibility for promoting and delivering good research practice is shared by the whole research community. Researchers should strive for the highest achievable standards in the planning, conduct and reporting of their research and demonstrate integrity in their dealings with others. Organisations funding, undertaking or engaged with research should foster a culture that supports and embeds good research practice and aims to prevent research misconduct. Researchers and research organisations have a duty to ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear, that appropriate resources and skills are in place and that a robust framework is in place to ensure the highest standards of integrity, including the standards required in relation to research ethics.

Whilst systems of ethics review and regulatory requirements change quite rapidly, there are a number of ethical principles that should be followed when undertaking research and they form the basis of our Research Ethics Policy

At their core, these ethical principles stress the need to (a) do good (known as beneficence) and (b) do no harm (known as non-malfeasance). In practice, these ethical principles mean that all researchers, whether staff or students, need to ensure that their research is designed and conducted to the highest standards possible. In order to achieve this, researchers may, dependent upon the nature of their project, be required to: (1) obtain informed consent from potential research participants or those responsible for their well-being (e.g. parents); (2) minimise the risk of harm to participants; (3) protect their anonymity and confidentiality; (4) avoid using deceptive or covert practices; and (5) give participants the right to withdraw from the research.

Policy & Forms

Please find below the University policy on ethics and useful forms which will help guide you through the ethical process at Liverpool Hope: 

Committee

The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee is responsible for oversight of all matters relating to research ethics across the University and for the implementation and updating of the University ethics policy. It reports to the Research Committee of Senate. The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee will meet at least twice a term to receive reports from the Faculty Research Ethics Sub-Committees and to consider any specific cases brought forward by the Faculties. The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee will also keep the ethics policy under review and ensure that systems are in place to provide training and guidance for staff.

Committee membership:

Reverend Professor Daniel Jeyaraj  Chair
Mr Graham Donelan University Secretary
Professor Neil Ferguson Faculty of Science Representative
Dr Ruth Kircher Faculty of Arts & Humanities Representative
Dr Babs Anderson Faculty of Education Representative
Professor Aann Macaskill

External Member (Sheffield Hallam University)

Ms Ann-Kathrin Johnen

Student Representative

TBC

Committee Secretariat

 

Schedule of meetings:

Date  Time  Location 
Wednesday 14th December 2016  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217
Tuesday 31st January 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 122
Friday 17th March 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217
Wednesday 10th May 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217
Thursday 15th June 2017  2:15pm  Hope Park Campus FML 217

A&H

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities Research Ethics Sub Committee reports directly to their Faculty Board and Research Committees. The minutes of meetings and log of approved ethical clearance are noted by the University's main ethics committee to ensure oversight of the process. This committee of the Faculty will meet regularly throughout the academic year, and colleagues are available to discuss a range of ethical matters with both staff and students.

The Faculty committee is chaired by Dr Ruth Kircher

Each Faculty has a series of Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs) who take a role in ethical matters within that subject area, if you need subject specific advice, please find the following colleagues who will be able to assist you:

Discipline / Department Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs)
Liverpool Hope Business School Dr Asad Ghalib
Drama, Dance & Performance Dr Kris Darby
English Dr Salman Al-Azami
Fine & Applied Arts Dr Judith Walsh 
History Dr John Appleby
Politics & International Relations Dr Michael Holmes
Law Dr Kyriakos Kotsoglou
Media & Communication Mrs Sue Cronshaw
Music Dr Sophie Redfern
Social Science Dr Zaki Nahaboo
Social Work Dr David Neary 
Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies Dr Alex Wynne

 

Apply for ethical consent

Staff or students wishing to apply for ethical consent should select the appropriate form below, complete and return to the Faculty ethics team via the ethics email address:

1 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research WITHOUT human groups

2 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with NON-vulnerable human groups

3 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with vulnerable human groups

 

 

Contact us

E. artsresearchethics@hope.ac.uk

Please copy [cc.] your email to the relevant DEL.

Education

The Faculty of Education Research Ethics Sub Committee reports directly to their Faculty Board and Research Committees. The minutes of meetings and log of approved ethical clearance are noted by the University's main ethics committee to ensure oversight of the process. This committee of the Faculty will meet regularly throughout the academic year, and colleagues are available to discuss a range of ethical matters with both staff and students.

The Faculty committee is chaired by Dr Babs Anderson.

Each Faculty has a series of Departmental Ethics Leads who take a role in ethical matters within that subject area, if you need subject specific advice, please find the following colleagues who will be able to assist you:

Discipline / Department Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs)
Dr Cathal O'Siochru MA Provision
Dr Kyriakos Demetriou 

Early Childhood

Dr Ana Be Pereira

SEN
Dr Liz Parr School of ITE
Dr David Feeney SEN

Dr Joris Vlieghe

Education Studies

Dr Piotr Zamojski Education Studies
Dr Claire Lloyd School of ITE
Sarah Meir Faculty Executive Officer
Dr Zoi Nikiforidou Early Childhood
Cassia Gilford FERESC Secretariat

 

Apply for ethical consent

Staff or students wishing to apply for ethical consent should select the appropriate form below, complete and return to the Faculty ethics team via the ethics email address. For researchers wishing to undertake research which involves human participants there is a comprehensive form which needs to be completed, whilst there is a shorter form for all other projects, please select as appropriate:

1 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research WITHOUT human groups

2 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with NON-vulnerable human groups

3 Application for Ethical Clearance - Research with vulnerable human groups 

 

Committee meeting date Submission deadline
Wednesday 15th March 2017  Friday 10th March
Thursday 4th May 2017 Friday 28th April
 Friday 2nd June 2017 Friday 26th May 2017

Contact us

E. educationethics@hope.ac.uk

Science

The Faculty of Science Research Ethics Sub Committee reports directly to their Faculty Board and Research Committees. The minutes of meetings and log of approved ethical clearance are noted by the University's main ethics committee to ensure oversight of the process. This committee of the Faculty will meet regularly throughout the academic year, and colleagues are available to discuss a range of ethical matters with both staff and students.

The Faculty committee is chaired by Professor Neil Ferguson

Each Faculty has a series of Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs) who take a role in ethical matters within that subject area, if you need subject specific advice, please find the following colleagues who will be able to assist you:

Discipline / Department Departmental Ethics Leads (DELs)
Dr Emanuele Secco  Mathematics and Computer Science
Julienne McGeogh Psychology
Dr Simon Marwood Health Sciences
Dr Kevin Crawford Geography and Environmental Science
Dr Enrique Salcedo-Sora Health Science - Biology
Dr Peter Angell Health Science - Sport
Dr Eve Binks Psychology

 

Policy & Forms

Please find below the University policy on ethics and useful forms which will help guide you through the ethical process at Liverpool Hope:

 

Contact Us

E. scienceethics@hope.ac.uk