Ethics Committee



A Chair drawn from senior academic staff within the University and selected by the VC Professor Garry Marvin 
A representative of Council* Professor Laura Peters 
An external member* Currently vacant

A student representative (not necessarily a research student) or post-doctoral representative who has recently been a student

Tabitha Sindani
Associate Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) Dr Richard Keogh
Head of Research Office Dr Beatrice Turner (Acting Head)
Head of Health & Safety Frances Coleman
Head of Legal Services Kim Small
Departmental Ethics Representatives (one from each of the nine academic departments) 9 Departmental Ethics Representatives
Secretary (nominated by the Research Office) Jan Harrison
*for up to two terms of three years.

Terms of Reference

The role of the Ethics Committee is:

  1. To consider on behalf of Senate and make recommendations on ethics policy of any of the following matters as they relate to activities undertaken under the University’s auspices by its students and staff, including associated research staff:
    • any research projects using animals, human beings as participants, or personal data relating to human beings;
    • any teaching involving the use of animals or human beings or personal data relating to human beings;
    • any form of clinical practice, treatment or counselling;
    • sources and conditions of research funding; and
    • any other activities using similar methodologies.
  2. To consider and make recommendations on the policy regarding requests from researchers from outside the University seeking to use students and/or staff as participants.
  3. To establish and monitor Departmental procedures, including undertaking audits in order to ensure that staff and/or students:
    •  are aware of the ethics issues involved in the work;
    •  observe the University's Ethical Guidelines.
  4. To approve, or otherwise, applications for ethical approval for research, contract research and commercial development activities where existing policy is unclear in respect to the proposal being considered or where there is a particular risk to the University.
  5. To put in place induction and training to introduce new members of Ethics Committee to the business of ethics within the University, and to facilitate the continuing professional development of members of the Committee and academic staff.
  6. To consider, and make recommendations to the Library or to another appropriate authority in respect of requests relating to accessing and/or using material which:
    • might be considered offensive;
    • might be considered to be in breach of the law.
  7. To review, amend as appropriate and reissue from time to time the ‘Ethical Guidelines’.
  8. To consider, report on and, as appropriate, make recommendations on such general or specific issues involving ethical considerations as arise within the committee or are referred to it by Senate or by any other corporate body or individual members of staff or students of the University.

Meeting Frequency

Normally three meetings per year, with the option of further electronic meetings where appropriate.


Ethics Committee will be serviced by the Research Office.

Updated: November 2019