Useful resources - ESRC

Professional ethics codes and guidelines

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (ALLEA)

Association of Internet Researchers: Ethics guide

Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth: Ethical guidelines for good research practice

British Educational Research Association: Ethics and educational research

British Psychological Society: Code of human research ethics

British Psychological Society: Ethics guidelines for internet-mediated research

British Society of Criminology: Statement of ethics

British Society of Gerontology: Guidelines on ethical research with human participants

British Sociological Association: Guidelines on ethical research

Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 

UK Government: Rigour, respect, responsibility: a universal ethical code for scientists

Ethical Research Involving Children: Ethical guidance

European Science Foundation: European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

Health Research Authority

Health Research Authority: Do I need NHS REC approval

International Visual Sociology Association: Code of Research Ethics and Guidelines

Market Research Society: Code of Conduct

Medical Research Council: Use of human samples in medical research

Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Dementia: Ethical Issues

Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Children and clinical research: ethical issues

OECD iLibrary: Research ethics and new forms of data for social and economic research

Science Europe: Research Integrity

Social Research Association: Ethics Guidelines

UK Research Integrity Office: Code of Practice for Research: Promoting good practice and preventing misconduct

Universities UK: Concordat to support research integrity

Templates and forms

The following websites offer example templates for information sheets and consent forms. Remember to adhere to the requirements of your research organisation (or other relevant body) when preparing a consent form, tailor it to the needs of your specific project.

Open University: Human Research Ethics Committee – project registration and risk checklist

University of Sussex: Does your research require ethical review? A self-assessment checklist

UK Data Service: Consent for data sharing

UK Research Integrity Office: Checklist for researchers

Health Research Authority: Qualitative protocol guidance and template

ESRC ethics resources

Example research ethics initial checklist

Example ethics review application forms and protocols

ESRC proposal ethics statements

Example flowchart of review process

Key terms glossary

Last updated: 9 November 2023

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