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AfRE Annual Conference and AGM

Another year and another huge success for our Annual Conference - 'It may be ethical, but is it responsible?'

Special thanks go to our wonderful Speakers, who all gave their time and expertise for nothing more than a lunch and a coffee. We are eternally grateful to: 

Liz Philpots

Tom Sorrell

Margaret Rees

Nalin Thakker

Sarah Edwards

Martin Stevens

I would also like to thank the staff at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury for their wonderful service, Keith Lackenby for stepping into the breech at the last moment, and most of all, the delegates who made the day such a wonderful event.


AfRE Update

Following the AGM, I would like to thank the following Trustees whose time on AfRE Council has now come to an end:

David Croisdale-Appleby

Gella Richards

Mark Turtle

With thanks to David for sharing his skills and experience and being a wonderful support, to Gella for her enthusiasm and knowledge of the university sector and to Mark, a Past Chair whose humour, calm nature and exceptional support have been valued and will be missed.

 

I would also like to thank Tim Stibbs, our outgoing Chair, for his wise counsel and generosity of time and resources and welcome Margaret Rees, our new Chair of Trustees. 

A warm welcome too, for our new Trustees Andrew Rawnsley and David Anderson-Ford. Two highly experienced people from the world of research ethics who will further strengthen our increasingly elite Council of Trustees.


INTEGRITY AND ETHICS IN ARTS RESEARCH

The Association for Research Ethics and the University of the Arts London worked together to present a pilot workshop on 6th November.

A challenging new initiative by AfRE and UAL explored the ethical issues and threats to integrity that may arise when conducting research in the arts at national and international level.

To find out more, click here

 


Save the Date!

Bristol, 10th March 2015

'The Internet and Social Media'


 

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Newsletter September 2014

Newsletter October 2014


 


What caught our eye this week

Scientist sues PubPeer commenters, subpoenas site for names

Parents of disabled child appeal to MPs to allow ‘three-person embryos’

Experimental Treatments for Ebola

US research ethics agency upholds decision on informed consent


 

A Big Thank You!

We have now concluded our series of joint workshops with the HRA, starting with students making an application to an NHS REC, moving onto good supervision and ending the series with university sponsorship of clinical research.

There are too many people to thank individually, and so I would like to give very grateful thanks to: University of Bristol, University of Manchester, Sheffield Hallam University, The Open University, UCL, University of Oxford - and all of those involved.

I would also like to thank the MHRA for their invaluable input and the HRA for their support and participation, particularly Jonathan Fennelly-Barnwell without whom, none of these workshops would have happened.


 

New to the website

Summaries of the University Development Group(UDG) Meeting Minutes now available . Look to the right, select AFRE, and then UDG. Summaries of the Forum meeting minutes will be available soon.

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Looking for presentations from recent workshops? If you are an AfRE member, simply log in. If not, please contact us to find out more about membership, or click here.


 

Student Membership to AfRE now available 

 

Are you a student currently undertaking research, or about to start? Then membership to AfRE is a 'must,' and at a special introductory offer of £25 per annum for the first 100 applications, there will never be a better time to join!

Read all about the benefits of membership, and how to apply to become a member, buy clicking here


 

 

 REGISTRATION FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS OPEN

'It may be ethical, but is it responsible'?

14th November 2014, Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury

Programme and booking form


 

 

Congratulations to our Editors!

Research Ethics has been accepted for coverage in Scopus. This is great news, and is a real mark of the quality and standing of the journal. It’s also a positive step for international visibility, and will attract authors for whom citation metrics and quality markers are of particular importance.

The feedback from Scopus was incredibly positive: “Outstanding journal, excellent content, high profile citations -- in short, green lights all the way. Welcome to Scopus.”


 

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.

 


 

AfRE Newsletter July 2014 available 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!


 

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."


 Training:

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.

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