Ensuring our research meets the highest ethical standards

A new online system has been launched across the University to make sure all our research activities are ethically compliant.

Called EthOS, the system aims to ensure that all research carried out by University staff and students meets the concordat to support research integrity. The concordat is a set of principles to help guarantee that any research produced in the UK is underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.

Research ethics are important because they ensure safety, rigour and best practice. Failure to abide by such principles can lead to the possibility of misconduct.

The system is now live and should be used by all staff and post-graduate research students. A student application for undergraduate and post-graduate teaching students will be rolled out in March, alongside a course approval route for course leaders.

Professor Carol Haigh, Professor of Nursing at Manchester Met, said: “It’s great to have EthOS embedded into our systems here at Manchester Met. Having been involved in the creation and rigorous testing of the system, I am confident that all of those conducted research at the University will find it a useful asset.”

Dr Justine Daniels, Director of the Research and Knowledge Directorate, said: “I’m delighted that we’re launching EthOS, our new online system for the management of ethical applications, which will underpin the University’s focus on the highest standards of research.

“Robust support for ethical research is an essential element of good research governance. By using EthOS, researchers and students will be guided through the application process ensuring the best practice in study design, data management, compliance with insurance and legal obligations and project planning. I’m confident that EthOs will be a major asset to both the quality and wider understanding of research methods.

Professor Richard Greene, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange, added: “The development of high-quality research is a core part of our Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy, and ensuring we are complying the broad range of requirements around research ethics and governance is critical to the success of its delivery.

“This system is an excellent tool that will ensure we meet these ambitions, and that our research activity is ethically robust.”

EthOS can be accessed from the Systems and Resources page of our Research website.

Please contact ethics@mmu.ac.uk for any questions or further information.