BU recognises its responsibility to researchers, the wider community and its commitment to creating an environment that promotes the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in the conduct of research.  The University's policies, procedures, guidance and training relating to research integrity and ethics have been designed to ensure that these standards are maintained.     

Research Integrity

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity provides a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance.  BU is committed to creating an environment that promotes an understanding of responsible conduct through our policies, training and research activities.

Research Ethics

Bournemouth University (BU) is committed to promoting and upholding the highest quality academic and ethical standards.

All research undertaken by BU staff and students is subject to appropriate ethical reflection, leading if necessary to a favourable ethics opinion through a formal ethics review.  Please ensure you read the Research Ethics Code of Practice and achieve a favourable ethics opinion before conducting your research. To apply for a formal ethics review complete an online ethics checklist.  Ethical implications arising from the research design, methodology, conduct, dissemination, archiving, future use and sharing of data produced should be considered.  Careful reflection and planning in relation to research ethics should not only benefit participants but enhance the quality of the research undertaken.

Clinical Governance

With a growing clinical research portfolio at BU, there is likewise the growing need for clinical governance. The processes surrounding implementing clinical research in the NHS can often be quite daunting, however there is plenty of guidance and advice on offer at BU to help guide those requiring assistance.

Get in touch

If you have any queries surrounding research in the NHS, please get in touch as early as possible via the Clinical Research mailbox. Keep an eye on the ‘clinical governance’ blog tag too, for updates, news and notices.

Data Protection and Research

Data Protection is about protecting information relating to people. The laws and regulations that enforce it give individuals more control and rights over how it used and for what purposes. It covers information in your private, professional and public life and applies to information about living (identifiable) individuals.

In the UK the Data Protection laws and regulations you need to be aware of are The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). There are other Data Protection laws around the world you may wish to be aware of too.

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