Statutory Bodies and Committees

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is responsible for advising Senate on the development, implementation and review of institutional procedures and guidelines relating to ethical issues arising from teaching, research and other related institutional activities. The role of the Ethics Committee is to be proactive in relation to emerging issues of institutional, national or international significance but will be reactive in relation to providing guidance for individual members of staff or Department/Schools.

Secretary to the Committee: If you would like further information about the Ethics Committee, please contact Clare Henderson, ext 3400.

Committee members

Terms of office expire on 31st July in the year stated.

Dr Gordon Taylor Chair, appointed by Senate 2019
Mr M Humphriss University Secretary ex-officio
Mrs C Gibbons Lay member of Council 2018
Mr L Emery SU Postgraduate Officer 2018

Chairs of sub-committees and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Members:

Dr J Betts REACH (Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health) ex-officio
Dr F Gillison SSREC (Social Science Research Ethics Committee) ex-officio
Dr N Gjersoe Psychology Ethics Committee ex-officio

Faculty/School Appointed Members:

Dr K Paine Engineering and Design 2019
Professor A Joinson Management 2020
Dr R Hooley Science 2018

In attendance:

Dr C Pink, Senior Data Librarian

Terms of Reference

Approved by Senate 20th May 1998, revised 24th March 1999, 15th June 2006, 19th October 2011, 3rd December 2014 and 16th November 2016.

The Ethics Committee will be responsible for advising Senate on the development, implementation and review of institutional procedures and guidelines relating to ethical issues arising from teaching, research and other related institutional activities. The Research Committee will oversee research integrity across the University, including monitoring compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

The role of the Ethics Committee will be proactive in relation to emerging issues of institutional, national or international significance but will be reactive in relation to providing ethics guidance for individual members of staff or Departments/the School of Management. Its terms of reference will be as follows:

  1. to advise Senate on the development of institutional policies and guidelines relating to ethical issues arising from teaching, research and other related institutional activities;
  2. to advise Senate on the development, publication and review of criteria to be applied to research sponsorship;
  3. to promote and monitor good practice within the institution in respect of the management of ethical issues;
  4. to provide advice to Departments/the School of Management and individual members of staff on ethical issues arising from teaching, research and institutional practice;
  5. to formulate institutional responses to national and international developments relating to ethical issues;
  6. to consider any matters referred to the Committee by Council, Senate, the Research Committee, Boards of Studies, Departments/the School of Management and individual members of staff;
  7. to monitor ethical practice within the University and the operation of Research Ethics Committees, receiving minutes and annual reports where appropriate;
  8. to establish a Panel which is empowered to act on behalf of Ethics Committee as required to review the ethical implications of research projects where these do not fall within the scope or remit of existing ethics committees.

Procedural Rules

Membership and Appointment of Chair: See Senate Standing Order 16(v).
Co-option: See Senate Standing Orders 16(ii) and 16(iii). The Committee may co-opt additional members to provide areas of specific expertise not offered by the Faculty/School membership.
Alternates: See Senate Standing Order 17(iv).
Quorum: One third of the membership of the Committee (Senate Standing Order 16(iv))
Rules for voting: Senate Standing Orders 9 and 10
Minutes: Submitted to Senate.

Sub Committees: The University Ethics Committee has three sub Committees -SSREC (Social Science Research Ethics Committee), REACH (Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health) and the Psychology Ethics Committee.  The Chairs of the three sub Committees are ex officio members of the Committee which receives minutes and reports of business conducted by the sub Committees.

Resources

Queries on the University's ethics processes can be sent to: ethics@lists.bath.ac.uk