Research ethics are principles about how researchers and research organisations ought to conduct themselves when conducting research. There are codes of ethical conduct at both University and disciplinary level. The Edge Hill University Framework for Research Ethics (FRE) and the Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research are the principal documents for guiding researchers in the ethical conduct of research.
In addition, there are also discipline specific codes of conduct for ethical research, notably for criminology research the British Society of Criminology Code of Ethics and for legal research Society of Legal Scholars Statement on the Principles of Ethical Research Practice.
The Departmental Research Ethics Committee (DREC) is established to operate alongside the ethical procedures established at Faculty and at University levels. The Committee meets formally three times a year. Ethical Approval forms are submitted to the Chair of the DREC, and members of the DREC will scrutinise the application electronically to reduce delays and give feedback. Once the application has been approved by the Committee, either permission is given for the research to begin or it will be forwarded to the Faculty Research Ethics Committee for scrutiny. Researchers cannot begin research until formal ethical approval has been granted.
Department of Law & Criminology staff and students requiring advice about research ethics can contact the Chair of the Departmental Research Ethics Committee Professor Andrew Millie for advice and guidance.