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If you have an interest in research involving human beings, the Association for Research Ethics can help.

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Supporting Student Applications: Supervisors and Sponsors, roles and responsibilities.

FREE Workshop at Sheffield Hallam University 

1st May

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Social Media and the Internet

Hosted by the University of Sunderland

20th May

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UK Research Integrity Office events


UKRIO annual conference –Friday 23 May 2014 in central London


Speakers from UKRIO and other experts in research integrity will discuss how to promote and sustain good research practice and how to avoid common issues and pitfalls, drawing on UKRIO’s unique and extensive experience. The programme will also give subscribers the opportunity to discuss the issues which matter to them and share their own experiences.

 The conference will be of interest to anyone with responsibilities for:

- The promotion of good research practice and research integrity issues within their institution.

- The management, leadership and development of researchers.

- Addressing allegations of research misconduct.

Find out more by clicking here

 Please note that this event is for staff from UKRIO subscriber institutions only; if in doubt contact info@ukrio.org.

Training Programmes

AfRE is delighted to announce the launch of its new training brochure. Our training is designed with you in mind, so whether you are looking for in-house training days, sharing your training delivery with local partners or saving the pennies by hosting a workshop, we will deliver value for money, quality training, suited to you. For more information, download our brochure now.


***Dates for your diary***


20th May  University of Sunderland, The Internet and Social Media

1st May 2014 Sheffield Hallam University, responsible Sponsorship

10th June Bristol University, Responsible Sponsorship


External Events

UKCGE Event 15th May 2014

Good Practice in Research Ethics 2014

CASMI Conference 6-7th June 2014

Regulating Experimental Medicine during a Pandemic

EMAS Congress 20-22nd May 2015

Promoting translation of science into clinical practice in midlife health and beyond



AfRE Newsletter February 2014 available here


What caught our eye this week



The Imperative of Overcoming Barriers to the Conduct of Large, Simple Trials



ENRIO stands for the European Network of Research Integrity Offices. It began as an initiative by the then director of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) to bring together  a group of eight people who were dealing with questions about research integrity, or lack of, within their national organisations. This website informs you about the members of ENRIO and their organisations and roles within their country. The website makes available numerous documents and links to codes and guidelines on research integrity, good practices, misconduct, training and education


HORIZON 2020 programme


Funding available. Call for proposals on developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation (GARRI5.2014: Ethics in Research: Promoting Integrity). Deadline 2 October 2014.

More information here




Retraction Watch

Weekend reads: Former ORI director speaks out; Is peer review broken?


Journal that retracted conspiracy ideation-climate skepticism paper says it did not “cave into threats”



Is Big Data the New Frontier for Academic-Industry Collaboration?



List of bodies accessing NHS patient data released


The Guardian

There's no financial, ethical or clinical justification for NHS charges


Science Daily

Clinical trial results inconsistently reported among journals, government website, study suggests



Earlier interesting articles can be found by clicking here

Date for your diary!

UK Research Integrity Office events

Authorship: promoting good practice and resolving disputes - 1 April 2014
The focus of the workshop will be the discussion of good practice in authorship and how to promote high standards within institutions. Speakers from UKRIO and other organisations will share their experiences and perspectives, including how to respond to common issues and pitfalls. Discussions will address the required standards for authorship, the customs which have arisen in different disciplines and the potential ‘grey areas’ which can occur. 

 Find out more by clicking here

Note that this event is for for staff from UKRIO subscriber institutions only; if in doubt contact info@ukrio.org.

A Date for your diary!

20th May 2014 'Research- The Internet and Social Media'


AfRE is delighted to announce that University of Sunderland  will be our first Institution to host a regional workshop.


There are lots of benefits to becoming a Sponsor Host, to find out more, click here

Sponsorship Opportunities  

Did you know how easy it is to sponsor a workshop, a student or even a coffee break? From only £25, you benefit too!

 Or consider hosting an event, saving you up to £1500 delegate fees - not to mention promoting your organisation. Check here for more information:

Sponsor opportunities for workshops 

Sponsor opportunites for Conference

Hosting opportunities


Framework of Policies and Procedures

for University Research Ethics Committees available here

If you would like to participate in our Pilot Study, please contact jackiemaull@arec.org.uk

A series of workshops to support the framework will take place during 2014 - look out for dates in your area!

COPE - Guidance for Editors: Research, Audit and 
Service Evaluations


The Lancet - Research: increasing value, reducing waste.

How should medical science change?

Increasing value and reducing waste when setting priorities

Increasing value and reducing waste in designconduct and analysis

Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical regulation and management

Increasing value and reducing waste in addressing inaccessible research

Reducing waste from incomplete or unusable biomedical research.

The new look website of the Social Care Research Ethics Committee is now live



Don't forget to check out our other guidelines and links!


 AREC Newsletter for October 2013


 The EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. Check out their good practice guidelines here



Regional Workshops:

Saving on time and cost whilst maintaining the highest standards

"Lecture set at a very appropriate level , imparting much information in a relaxed way with full opportunity to interact" .

"Loved the way you both used real examples to illustrate the points"

"It was really excellent to have such knowledgeable speakers who were also so friendly and spoke so honestly. Thank you very much."


In house, or joint training sessions designed to meet your needs and specifications

"I thought this was  excellent training which has provided me with very useful information and feedback to bring back to the University where I work".

"One of the best days training I have been to. Pitched at a perfect level and so friendly and relaxed!"

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for teachin an old dog learn new tricks - super training day."

Advice and Guidlines:

Available to all, member or not.


AfRE is an independent, self-governing body of Research Ethics Community Members, with the aim of fostering excellence in research involving human participants that will enhance human health or well-being.