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Research Integrity


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. This includes:

  • Research data and confidentiality e-learning course
  • Research and human tissue legislation e-learning course
  • The Integrated Research Applications System e-learning course
  • Clinical trials tool kit
  • Data and tissues tool kit
  • Experimental medicine tool kit
  • UK stem cell tool kit

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.