Research Ethics at UoF

UoF Research Ethics Policy recognizes that the responsibility for maintaining ethical conduct lies, in the first instance, with researchers themselves. If researchers do not take responsibility for the ethical conduct of their own research, defensible research ethics will be an unrealizable goal. To this end, responsibility for operating UoF Ethics Review Procedure, is devolved to academic departments and funding units. Within this devolved framework, UoF recognizes that diversity enriches and strengthens its research culture and performance. Diversity means that research activities involving human participants and personal data may differ widely from one department or funding unit to another. Thus the ethical issues relating to human participation in research may also differ considerably from one academic department or funding unit to another.

This means that the formal ethical review of research proposals involving human participants and personal data is best carried out within departments.