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Research Integrity


Cambridge Guidance


The research ethics handbook for REC members includes a number of UREC-approved research ethics guidance notes:

  • Guidance on ethical review procedures

  • Guidance on the re-use of existing data in research

  • Guidance on the ethical review of overseas research

  • Guidance on the ethical review of amendments

Clinical School

Researchers undertaking research at the Clinical School should also read the research and information governance guidance provided by the School:

School of Technology

The Cambridge Working Group on Human Participants in Technology and Physical Science research has prepared extensive guidance on the conduct of technology research with human participants for Cambridge researchers.

Other University guidance

Additional guidance on several important pieces of legislation and ethics processes relating to research ethics in the UK can be found below:


External guidance and resources


These resources are designed to help researchers understand the regulations and policies that seek to ensure that research in British Universities is carried out to the highest ethical standards.

MRC Regulatory Support Centre

The Medical Research Council's Regulatory Support Centre provides support and guidance for those conducting research with human participants, their tissues or data. The Centre provides a range of online e-learning courses and 'tool kits' that are open to all.

NHS National Research Ethics Service decision trees

Two decision trees have been designed by the Human Research Authority to help researchers decide whether their project requires approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee. The decision trees will help you decide:

  1. Whether your study classifies as research
  2. If so, whether you need NHS REC approval

The Research Ethics Guidebook

The Research Ethics Guidebook is a resource for social scientists. It was developed through an ESRC funded Researcher Development Initiative project at the Institute of Education, University of London. The site is designed to help researchers familiarise themselves with the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social sciences research.

Academy of Social Sciences: Developing Generic Ethics Principles for Social Science

The product of three symposia and a conference held during 2013 and 2014, Developing Generic Ethics Principles for Social Science provides resources, reports and papers that address key issues in social science research ethics

Additional Guidance

Professional Association Guidance

Discipline Association Guidance Title
  1. Association of Social Anthropologists 
  2. British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
  3. American Anthropological Association
  1. Ethical Guidelines for Good Research Practice
  2. Code of Ethics
  3. Statement on Ethics Principles of Professional Responsibility


  1. Chartered Institute for Archaeologists -
  2. Historic Environment Scotland
  1. Code of Conduct
  2. The Treatment of Human Remains in Archaeology
Biological Anthropology & Osteoarcheaology  British Association of Biological Anthropology and
Code of Ethics
Computing Science British Computer Society Code of Conduct
Computing Science Association for Computing Machinery - Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Criminology British Society of Criminology Statement of Ethics for Researchers in the Field of Criminology
  1. RES Code of Conduct
  2. European Economic Association
  3. American Economic Association
  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Ethical Principles & Code of Conduct
  3. Best Practices for Economists
Education British Educational Research Association:  Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research
Engineering  Royal Academic of Engineering and the Engineering Council Statement of Ethical Principles
Geography Royal Geography Society Professional Code of Conduct
History Oral History Society of the UK:  Ethical Guidelines
Law (socio-legal) Socio-Legal Studies Association Statement of Principles of Ethical Research
Management Academy of Management:  Code of Ethics
Mathematics American Mathematical Society Policy Statement on Ethical Guidelines
Political Science
  1. Political Studies Association
  2. American Political Science Association
  1.  Guidelines for Good Professional Conduct (PDF)
  2. Principles and Guidance for Human Subjects Research
Psychology British Psychological Society Best Practice GuidelinesCode of Ethics and Code
Social Research
  1. Social Research Association
  2. Social Services Research Group
  3. British Association of Social Workers
  1. Ethical Guidelines
  2.  Code of good practice for research, evaluation, monitoring and review
  3. Statement of Ethical Practice (PDF)
Social anthropology
  1. ASA Ethical Guidelines
  2. European Association of Social Anthropologists 
  1. Ethical Guidelines
  2. Statement on Data Governance  in Ethnographic Projects