The School of Informatics has approved a procedure for implementing ethics regulations relating to research within the School.
All research conducted within the School of Informatics should follow the School Ethics Code and ethics regulations at the College and University level.
To implement these regulations, the School has approved an Ethics Procedure, detailed below. It applies to all research within the School, including student projects, research grants, and research carried out by visitors and post-docs.
The aim of the procedure is full legal accountability with minimal effort. The first goal is served by keeping the full record. The second goal is served by:
Before any research project can start, the following question needs to be answered:
This is known as level 0 ethical screening, and take the form of self-assessment by the researcher conducting the research. If the answer to this question in "yes", then screening at higher levels (levels 1-4) will follow, as appropriate.
The following documents explain the School Ethics Procedure and contain the relevant guidelines and forms:
If you have any questions, please consult the School Ethics Panel, which currently consists of Austin Tate and Helen Pain. For cases requiring formal ethical approval (level 3 and 4), the Planning and Resource Committee functions as the School Ethics Committee.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 3222
Email: a.tate (at) ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 8485
Email: helen (at) inf.ed.ac.uk
This article was published on Sep 10, 2012