Terms of reference

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 research 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.

Primary responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Ethics Committee are:

  • to advise Senate on the development of institutional policies and guidelines relating to ethical issues arising from teaching, research and other related institutional activities
  • to advise Senate on the development, publication and review of criteria to be applied to research sponsorship
  • to promote and monitor good practice within the institution in respect of the management of ethical issues
  • to provide advice to Departments/the School of Management and individual members of staff on ethical issues arising from teaching, research and institutional practice
  • to formulate institutional responses to national and international developments relating to ethical issues
  • 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
  • to monitor ethical practice within the university and the operation of Research Ethics Committees, receiving minutes and annual reports where appropriate
  • 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

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