The Hull College Group takes academic research very seriously and as such has developed a set of ethical guidelines based on those proposed by the British Educational Research Association (2018). These guidelines ensure that any member of the group’s community is bound by a code of behaviour that ensures all research activities undertaken within the group are safe for everyone who is involved. This commitment to high quality, safe research is underlined by a programme of instruction for both students and staff in the identification and application of ethical guidelines in any research project.
Before any research studies can be undertaken they have to be submitted to the project tutor or at higher levels to the Research Ethics Sub-committee who will provide a judgement as to whether or not the research can be undertaken. If the research is found to be ethically deficient it will not be allowed to start until it has been amended and made safe. The group have appointed a number of Research Ethics Coordinators whose specialised role is to support the development of research activities amongst students and staff prior to it being presented to the Research Ethics Sub-committee. This level of support means that all research should be ethically acceptable therefore any individual who starts research that has not been fully ethically assessed will face disciplinary procedures.
It is expected that this robust approach to the application of research ethics will provide a secure grounding for all individuals who wish to study the academic disciplines that are offered by the Hull College Group.