Terms of reference

Committee objectives

The aim of the Academic Ethics and Integrity Committee is to oversee and promote the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of teaching and research.

Committee remit

The Committee will be responsible for advising Senate on the development, implementation and review of strategic procedures and guidelines relating to academic ethics. The Committee will oversee academic integrity across the university.

The role of the Committee will be proactive in relation to emerging issues of national or international significance.

Functions and duties of the Committee

Functions include:

  • upholding the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research, learning and teaching
  • ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  • supporting an academic environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice, and support for the development of researchers
  • working together to strengthen the integrity of research, learning and teaching and to review progress regularly and openly

Duties include:

  • to advise Senate on the development of policies and guidelines relating to teaching and research ethics
  • to advise Senate on the development, publication and review of criteria to be applied to research sponsorship
  • to promote and monitor good practice relating to ethical considerations and maintaining academic integrity within the institution
  • to monitor academic ethical practice within the University, providing advice to sub-Committees on ethical issues and receiving sub-Committee minutes and annual reports where appropriate
  • to formulate institutional responses to national and international developments relating to teaching and research ethics
  • 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

Reporting lines and responsibilities of the Committee

The Academic Ethics and Integrity Committee reports to Senate. It also works closely with Council’s Ethics Committee which is responsible for institutional ethics and with the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. Minutes are submitted to these Committees for noting.

Procedural Rules

Membership and Appointment of Chair

See Senate Standing Order 16(i).

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 Orders 17(iv).

Quorum

There shall be a quorum at meetings of one-third of the membership of the Committee. See Senate Standing Order 16(iv).

Rules for voting

See Senate Standing Order 8 and 9.

Minutes

Minutes are submitted to Senate.

Subcommittees

The University Ethics Committee has three subcommittees:

  • SSREC (Social Science Research Ethics Committee)
  • REACH (Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health)
  • Psychology Ethics Committee

The Chairs of the three subcommittees are ex officio members of the committee which receives minutes and reports of business conducted by the subcommittees.

Resources

Research Ethics and Integrity
Code of Ethics
Psychology Ethics Committee
Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (Reach)
Social Science Research Ethics Committee (SSREC)
Department Research Ethics officers

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

Version information

Owner: Academic Ethics and Integrity Committee
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Approval Date: 20 May 1998, revised 24 March 1999, 15 June 2006, 19 October 2011, 3 December 2014, 16 November 2016 and 18 November 2020 Approved By: Senate
Date of last review: 18 November 2020