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If you have an interest in research involving human beings, the Association for Research Ethics can help.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE INTERNET – ALL IN THIS TOGETHER?
Venue: Bristol University
The Engine Shed
23rd April 2015
Working in partnership: AfRE and the University of Bristol
Effecting cultural change in research ethics and integrity
Venue: University of Glasgow
15th June 2015
Research Ethics Applications – a refresher course
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University
24th June 2015
SAVE THE DATES - FULL PROGRAMMES RELEASED SOON!
Research and Vulnerable Groups - 27th May, City University, London
Refresher training for REC Members - Sheffield Hallam University, 24th June.
Refresher training for REC Members - Cardiff Metropolitan University, 10th Sept.
AfRE Newsletter February 2015
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A Master Class in Research Ethics
Research ethics, even in the social sciences, is a remarkably ‘fluid’ field of endeavour. This means that researchers, research managers and research reviewers have a range of challenges to meet if they are to keep up to date and remain ‘ethically aware’. The purpose of this course is to equip researchers, research managers and research reviewers with ideas, templates, insights and up-to-date information on current issues in research ethics that will either assist their own work and/or enable them to run training courses on research ethics. To find out more, click here
The European Medicines Agency has released for public consultation a draft proposal for an addendum, on transparency, to the “Functional specifications for the EU portal and EU database to be audited - EMA/42176/2014.”
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ANSWERS FROM the research community
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An AfRE member university has requested that this question be posed. Please take a moment to read and respond. All replies will be collated, forwarded on,and will be posted to the website.
A question regarding researchers using themselves as participants (e.g. using their own blood samples). This practice can be referred to as either self-study or self-experimentation. Whilst we have managed to find some details regarding this practice in educational research, the area we are interested in is STEM based.
Do AfRE members:
- Allow such practices in their institution?
- What are their thoughts on this type of research?
- Know of any relevant guidelines (either institutional, professional or other external body).
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What caught our eye this week
Earlier articles of interest
Latest news from the HRA
HRA Approval programme update
Phased implementation of pharmacy assurances in HRA Approval
Replacement for the Research Governance Framework
Protocol guidance and templates
Ebola – expedited Research Ethics Committee (REC) review
‘One stop shop’ for advice on regenerative medicine open for business
Live consultations and surveys – closing shortly
Consistency in REC review
Research summaries now on HRA website
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NEW* - From AfRE Annual Conference 2014
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:
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.
Following the AGM, I would like to thank the following Trustees whose time on AfRE Council has now come to an end:
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.
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Save the Date!
Bristol, 10th March 2015
'The Internet and Social Media'
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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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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
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.”
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
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:
Framework of Policies and Procedures
for University Research Ethics Committees available here
If you would like to participate in our Pilot Study, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A series of workshops to support the framework will take place during 2014 - look out for dates in your area!
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.