Research Integrity & Ethics
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to the maintenance of high ethical standards in the research undertaken by its staff and students, whether supported directly by the University or funded by external sources.
The University recognises its obligations under the Concordat to Support Research Integrity to ensure that research undertaken under its auspices is conducted to appropriate standards, and conforms to generally accepted ethical principles and practices of conduct and governance. These obligations are overseen by the University's Research Ethics Committee and detailed in the Research Integrity and Ethics Code of Practice (opens PDF)
The University believes that research ethics review and approval are important for the following reasons:
- To enhance the quality and integrity of research;
- To protect the rights and welfare of participants and minimise the risk of physical and mental discomfort, harm and danger from research procedures;
- To protect the welfare of researchers and their right to carry out legitimate investigations;
- To minimise the potential for claims of negligence made against the University, its researchers and any collaborating individual or organisation;
- To ensure the reputation of the University for the research it conducts and sponsors;
- To ensure that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
- To support a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers;
- To ensure that transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;
- To work together with other institutions as required from time to time to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly.
The procedures and guidelines outlined in this code of practice apply to all academic and administrative staff, those holding honorary positions at the University, and all students conducting research projects and related activities as part of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses and research programmes in which students are enrolled/registered at, and/or supervised by staff at the University. The exception shall be cases where the Principal Researcher is registered elsewhere providing that the research project has been approved by an equivalent ethics committee following a comparable level of ethics review.