Policies and documents
Research ethics and integrity
York St John University is committed to maintaining the highest ethical and integrity standards in research carried out by its staff and students.
Process for research ethics approval
After first discussing your research with your supervisor or line manager, applications should be submitted to your School Research Ethics Committee (SREC) using the contacts below. They will consider the application and will either:
- Approve it
- Request more information
- Escalate it to the University Research Ethics and Integrity Sub-committee (UREISC) if considered to be high risk.
You will need to complete the application form and have approval before your research starts:
School Research Ethics Committee contacts
|School||Chair||Start date||Expiry date|
|Arts||Professor Lee Higginsfirstname.lastname@example.org||1 January 2020||31 December 2022|
|Humanities||Dr Olalekan Adekolaemail@example.com||1 January 2020||31 December 2022|
|Education, Language and Psychology||Dr Scott Colefirstname.lastname@example.org||1 January 2020||31 December 2022|
|York Business School||Dr Steven Cockemail@example.com||1 January 2020||31 December 2022|
|Science, Technology and Health||Dr Daniel Madiganfirstname.lastname@example.org||1 January 2020||31 December 2022|
University Research Ethics & Integrity Sub-committee
The role of the School Research Ethics Committees (SREC) and the University Research Ethics and Integrity Sub-committee (UREISC) is to support the University's research activities by implementing our research ethics policies. The committees consider all proposals for research from an ethical standpoint for all staff and research students.
The policies each committee uses are underpinned by The Concordat to Support Research Integrity to which we are a signatory. These are also informed by the UK Research Integrity Office's (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research.
In line with the Concordat we will publish an annual report of the work we are doing and the applications made to our ethics committees.
The 2019/20 report will appear here shortly.
All queries relating to research integrity should be directed to:
Elizabeth Goodwin Andersson, Head of Research
Anyone wishing to raise a concern under our Whistleblowing policy should contact:
Dr Amanda Wilcox, University Secretary
Resources and additional information
All our policies are currently under review and will be replaced throughout 2020/21.
- RO01 - Code of Practice, Research Integrity (DOCx, 57kb)
- Research Ethics Policy (DOC, 42.1kB)
- Research Misconduct Policy and Procedures (DOCX, 60.7kB)
- RO02 Intellectual Property Policy (DOCx, 71kB)
- Guidelines on Research Ethics for Projects with Children (PDF, 0.2MB)
If you are in doubt about any of the policies above please contact the Research Office at ResearchOffice@yorksj.ac.uk.