ESRC Research Training Programme:
Ethics and Ethical Practice in Social Science Research
will primarily address research conducted within Higher Education. However,
it is not restricted to this sector, it will also be of interest to those
undertaking human-centred research in all organisations engaged in research
for which ethical approval is required including the NHS, the statutory
and voluntary sectors.
Training is offered around two distinct areas:
- Research ethics as process: this is needed if Universities and other
Higher Education institutions are to comply with the new, more formal,
requirements for ethical approval of all research projects now adopted
by the ESRC and likely to be further adopted by all UK funding councils
- Research ethics as practice: here, information and an appreciation
of the range of both anticipated and unanticipated ethical issues that
arise within research will be provided.
Training is organised around a series of twelve 3-day events, focused
around six core themes. Each theme will be repeated once over a 36-month
period, however, the second workshop offers more advanced level training to enable participants to increase their depth of knowledge and understanding
around a core theme of interest.
Each event forms a coherent self-contained package that can be taken
individually, or as a series of interrelated workshops and activities
aimed at increasing the researcher’s knowledge and understanding
of what constitutes good ethical practice in the undertaking of human-centred
Participants thus have the option of attending a single event, a two-event
package that offers induction and advanced level training around a specific
theme, or a combination of events that best meets the participants’
own training needs around ethics and research.
Those taking a residential option will be able to engage in more informal
discussions that will continue in the evenings and aimed at encouraging
the exchange of knowledge and ideas.