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Ethics and Governance

Welcome to Northumbria University's research, ethics and governance web page. This page has been developed to accommodate Northumbria University's policies, practices and guidance around research ethics and in order to promote best practice for the ethical conduct of research. 

Contacts

Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Research Ethics Director: Rachel Edwards

Faculty of Business and Law, Research Ethics Director: Professor Mary Thomson

Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Research Ethics Director: Professor Julie McLeod

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Research Ethics Director: Dr Nick Neave

Northumbria University Research Ethics Contact: Ruth Hattam, Deputy Director (Research). Telephone: 0191 227 4770

General Ethics Support queries, contact ethicssupport@northumbria.ac.uk

Ethics Online - research ethics approval system

Ethical approval must be obtained for all research projects prior to the commencement of the research.

Online Research Ethics and Governance Approval: From 3 April 2017 Staff and postgraduate research students can access the system here Ethics Online.

The Ethics Online User Guide can be accessed from here.  

You can access Ethics Online FAQs here

Staff can access the Ethics Online Interactive Guide here.                                 

Postgraduate students can access training on the system via Blackboard: AS006BC (Graduate School Community)

Queries or feedback relating to the Ethics Online system should be directed to ethicssupport@northumbria.ac.uk 

Documentation and Guidance

Ethics in Research Policy Statement

Northumbria University strives to uphold the highest standards of ethical practice in research and academic integrity. Irrespective of the nature and ethical complexity of a research project, staff and students are expected to ensure that their conduct is driven by the ethical imperative of respect, the intent to do no harm and to contribute to society’s knowledge and practice through engagement in research that has beneficent intent.

Northumbria University’s Ethics In Research Policy Statement (pdf) can be viewed here.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Policy (pdf)

Intellectual Property Bite Sized Guide (pdf)

Contact:
Hugh Rhodes Enterprise Manager,
Research and Business Services
email: hugh.rhodes@northumbria.ac.uk
telephone: 0191 243 7638

Legal Agreements for Research Projects

There are various legal contracts that will need to be in place during the lifetime of a research project.  The main ones are funding contracts, collaboration agreements, and contract research contracts.

All contracts relating to research are dealt with by the Legal Services Team within the Vice-Chancellors Department and Research and Business Services will work with Principal Investigators to ensure that Legal Services are instructed in respect to contractual arrangements.

Principal Investigators do not have authority under the University’s Financial Regulations to sign and enter into contracts on behalf of the University, hence ALL contracts must be reviewed by Legal Services and once finalised,  Legal Services will arrange for an authorised signatory within the appropriate Faculty to approve and sign off the contract.

From a research governance perspective, specific reference has been given to the following types of contracts  and the process for each  that must be followed:

Student Placement /Student Project Non-Disclosure Agreements

Material Transfer Agreements                                                                  

NHS-Related Guidance

This area contains all NHS-related guidance relating to ethical approval for research within the National Health Service.

If you have any queries, please contact ethicssuport@northumbria.ac.uk

Clinical Trials

The Clinical Trials Toolkit provides practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK. Through the use of an interactive routemap, this site provides information on best practice and outlines the current legal and practical requirements for conducting clinical trials.

The Toolkit is primarily focused on Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) and the regulatory environment and requirements associated with these. However researchers and R&D staff working on trials in other areas will also find useful information and guidance of relevance to the wider trials environment.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of public and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. This web-based resource provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. Further information can be found here.

If you require a User Account, please contact ethicssupport@northumbria.ac.uk.  

Integrated Research Approval System (IRAS)

Integrated Research Approval System (IRAS) is a single system for applying for Health Research Authority (HRA) permissions and approvals for health and social care / community care research in the UK. IRAS enables you to enter information about your project once instead of duplicating information in separate application forms and uses filters to ensure that the data collected and collated is appropriate to the type of study, and consequently the permissions and approvals required.

If you are unsure whether you should complete an IRAS form, please check with your supervisor in the first instance and then your Departmental Ethics Lead.

Before submitting to the IRAS system, please follow Northumbria University’s approval process for IRAS submission; click here for further details.  The IRAS Internal Approval Proforma can be found here.

Once internally approved,  complete your submission to the NHS Integrated Research Approval System here.

NHS Research Passport

This is a national scheme which allows Northumbria University researchers to access the NHS to undertake research projects without having duplicate pre-engagement checks

Applicable only for those engaged in a research project with the NHS but dependent on the nature of the research undertaken

The responsibility of the researcher to ensure their completed Passport application is forwarded to the NHS Trust where they are carrying out the research activity to be validated.

A research passport should be applied for once a researcher is:

  1. Named on a grant application; or
  2. Appointed at interview to undertake NHS specific research; or
  3. A current member of staff starting a new NHS project.

However, it is always the duty of the researcher to initiate the application.

Application process:

A standard research passport application form is completed by the Researcher, the Principal Investigator of the research project and by HR

DBS clearance and health clearance are required as part of the process

For advice on the process and/or to progress a Research Passport Application please email humanresources@northumbria.ac.uk

For Research Passport Flowchart, click here.

NHS Related Research Links

Clinical Trials Toolkit - NIHR

Health Research Authority

Research Ethics and Governance Handbook

The Research Ethics and Governance Handbook (pdf) has been developed to contain all of Northumbria University’s policies, practices and guidance around research ethics and to promote best practice for the ethical conduct of research.

The policy applies to those conducting research within, or on behalf of, Northumbria University and includes information on the following areas of research ethics.  (Click on the relevant section)


Training Resources

Faculty Ethics Training can be found within the Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme here

 


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