Terms of Reference

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

The 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 reserach integrity across the university, including monitoring compliance with the Concordat or Support Research Integrity.

The role of the committee will 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 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 in 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(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: One third of the membership of the Committee (Senate Standing Order 16(iv))

Rules for voting: Senate Standing Order 8 and 9

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.


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