Procedure

The School of Informatics has approved a procedure for implementing ethics regulations relating to research within the School.

Ethics procedure

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:

  • keeping form filling to a minimum
  • holding information locally
  • assuring that decision-making is as close to the pertinent research expertise as possible

Before any research project can start, the following question needs to be answered:

  • Does this research involve human participants or animals, confidential or personal data, developing countries or military applications?

This is known as level 0 ethical screening, and takes 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:

PDFs

Word Docs

If you have any questions on the school ethics procedures, please consult a member of the School Ethics Panel, which currently consists of Frank Keller, Helen Pain and Austin Tate. For cases requiring formal ethical approval (level 3 and 4), the School Research Committee functions as the School Ethics Committee.

Frank Keller

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 4407

Email: keller (at) inf.ed.ac.uk


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