Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Research Ethics: a Brief History

I'm so, so sorry about this.
Giving appropriate and thorough consideration to the ethical implications of your research is now an essential part of the process of developing projects and applying for grants.

However, how did we get here? How did we arrive at this comprehensive framework of scrutiny? The Research Ethics and Governance Officer at Kent, Nicole Palmer, has been working in the area for over a decade now, and offered up this broad overview of key points in the progress to the present. It's not comprehensive, but does provide an indication of both the historic moments since the war that triggered action, and the legislation, policy and guidelines that have resulted.

For more detail of a range of professional ethics codes, have a look at this list compiled by the Research Ethics Handbook. For staff at the University of Kent who wish to talk through their research and the issues involved, drop Nicole a line.

CSR: Main Points for Research & Innovation

CSR: How do things look for R&I?
George Osborne announced the government’s plans for spending over the next five years in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Whilst these are still to be confirmed via Hansard, my colleague Jill Hurst made a note of the main points relating to research and innovation spending. Thanks to Jill for making these notes, but do please treat with caution until formally verified.

The overall theme was ‘Reform and Rebuild’, and four main areas were identified: