The Ethics Review committee aims to ensure that research within the Business Administration and Economics Department (BAED) is conducted in an ethical manner according to the ethical standards and regulations of the University of Sheffield ethics policy governing research involving human participants and personal data
1. To cultivate an ethical research culture among staff and students in BAED
2. To monitor that procedures related to ethics in research are respected and followed by all staff and students
3. To support staff in familiarizing themselves with the rules and regulations governing research ethics and ensure that they apply them to their research and the work of their students
4. To monitor the ethical conduct of research in BAED and to report as necessary to the Head of the Department
Abiding with the University of Sheffield Research Ethics’ rules and procedures it has become obligatory for all students to fill in a Research Ethics Application Form for approval by the school’s Research Ethics Committee before embarking on primary data collection. Academic Staff need to review and decide whether students’ research classifies as high or low risk before the form is submitted to the Research Ethics Committee for approval.
It has been decided that researchers must submit the Research Ethics Application Form for approval prior to going on fieldwork for data collection. It is important to keep in mind that no data collection is allowed to take place before receiving research ethics approval. In case this happens, the research is not accepted and the researchers need to repeat data collection after obtaining formal research ethics approval.
The BAED’s procedures for Ethical Review of Research conform to the principles of the University’s Code of Practice on Research Ethics: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ris/other/gov-ethics
The Research Ethics Coordinators for BAED are:
The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) oversees the department's ethics review procedures. In very exceptional cases where agreement cannot be reached within the department, this committee can review applications. Members of the department wishing to appeal a decision of the Department´s Ethics Review Committee should inform Lindsay Unwin (Research & Innovation Services), Secretary to the UREC.
Amendments to the original research design are common in any research project. You are only required to submit a new ethics application form if the amendments raise new ethical issues in your research. Undergraduates and postgraduate taught students should consult with their supervisor or personal tutor to decide if a new ethics application is necessary.