Research ethics framework

Code of Practice for Research

The University of Edinburgh has now replaced its Code of Good Practice in Research (November 2002) with the formal adoption of the UK Research Integrity Office’s Code of Practice for Research (2009).

The UKRIO's Code of Practice for Research is available to download from their website:

About the UK Research Integrity Office

The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) is an independent body which offers confidential and expert advice and guidance to universities, other research organisations, individual researchers and members of the public about the conduct of research.

UKRIO is hosted by Universities UK and funded by a range of stakeholders including the funding councils, the UK Departments of Health and the research councils.

The College has a research ethics framework. All research activities must comply with these guidelines. This framework for ethical conduct of research is guided by principles of

  • dignity
  • respect
  • care for others
  • honesty
  • integrity
  • objectivity
  • accountability
  • openness
  • leadership

Procedures for obtaining ethical approval can be found at the end of the framework document. Please note that these principles apply equally to staff and students in the College.

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