Research Ethics: A Quick Guide

There can be no doubt that research is a positive endeavour: it transforms lives and perceptions and improves the world around us at a steady pace.

Yet change is not always welcome, and research must serve everyone; with such unprecedented change in the present, the question of ethics is a very pertinent, and one that is continuing to be answered.

We at Bath Spa University are committed to the highest ethical standards in all of our endeavours, and comply fully with the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

All of our research staff and students are required to ensure that all of their work is underpinned with common values of rigour and integrity. The full Research Integrity and Ethics Handbook can be found here.

To this end, we provide a series of workshops and have made a suite of online resources available to our researchers on the subject of ethics in research.

The biggest of these is to take place on 07 July 2017; an Impact-focussed staff development day that PhD students are welcome to come along to.

This day long event will explore impact case-studies for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). It will provide expert advice from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement for developing high-quality impact case-studies and lay out the University’s new vision of impact shaped by the changes to the REF.

Book here

Other events can be found online, including more on ethics, here

Through Epigeum, the University subscribes to a number of specialist online modules, designed according to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework, which are available to staff and students.

The different categories include “Knowledge and Intellectual Capabilities”, “Personal Effectiveness”, “Research Governance and Organisation” and “Engagement, Influence and Impact”.

More information on the courses offered can be found on the Hub here. If you wish to ‘enrol’ on this course, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into Minerva and click ‘My Modules’
  2. In ‘Module Search’ type “Researcher Development Online” and press ‘Go’
  3. Hover your mouse over “EX-ResearchDevelOnline-2016-2017′ and click on the small grey circle icon.
  4. From the drop-down list, select ‘Enrol’.

Should these steps be completed, you will then be enrolled for our online offering, which should then appear in the ‘My Modules’ section of your Minerva homepage.

If you have any issues with the above steps, or any further questions, please contact

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