The responsibility for promoting and delivering good research practice is shared by the whole research community at Liverpool Hope. Researchers strive for the highest achievable standards in the planning, conduct and reporting of their research and demonstrate integrity in their dealings with others.
Organisations funding, undertaking or engaged with research should foster a culture that supports and embeds good research practice and aims to prevent research misconduct. Researchers and research organisations have a duty to ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear, that appropriate resources and skills are in place and that a robust framework is in place to ensure the highest standards of integrity, including the standards required in relation to research ethics.
Whilst systems of ethics review and regulatory requirements change quite rapidly, there are a number of ethical principles that should be followed when undertaking research and they form the basis of our Research Ethics Policy.
At their core, these ethical principles stress the need to (a) do good (known as beneficence) and (b) do no harm (known as non-malfeasance). In practice, these ethical principles mean that all researchers, whether staff or students, need to ensure that their research is designed and conducted to the highest standards possible. In order to achieve this, researchers may, dependent upon the nature of their project, be required to: (1) obtain informed consent from potential research participants or those responsible for their well-being (e.g. parents); (2) minimise the risk of harm to participants; (3) protect their anonymity and confidentiality; (4) avoid using deceptive or covert practices; and (5) give participants the right to withdraw from the research.
The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee is responsible for oversight of all matters relating to research ethics across the University and for the implementation and updating of the University ethics policy. It reports to the Research Committee of Senate. The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee meets at least twice a term to receive reports from the Faculty Research Ethics Sub-Committees and to consider any specific cases brought forward by the Faculties. The University Research Ethics Sub-Committee also keeps the ethics policy under review and ensure that systems are in place to provide training and guidance for staff.