SOAS University of London

SOAS Standing Orders: Annex XI: Research Ethics Panel

Annex XI Research Ethics Panel

Research Ethics Panel is a sub-committee of Research and Enterprise Committee.  It is required to report to Research and Enterprise Committee on a regular basis.  It also has a responsibility to liaise with other committees and to keep them informed as necessary.

(i) The membership of the Research Ethics Panel will comprise:

Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise)

Ex-officio members:
Associate Deans (Research)
Head of Doctoral School

Other members:
1 lay member appointed by the Board of Trustees
5 senior academics  to be nominated by the Chair
1 research student appointed by the Students' Union Executive Committee

(ii) The Registrar will nominate a Secretary.  The Panel will normally hold three ordinary meetings per annum.

(iii) The Panel shall take such advice as it considers necessary in order to fulfil its remit.  This advice may be taken from outside the School, as well as from within the School community.  

(iv) Research Ethics Panel will have the following Terms of Reference

(a) To consider ethical matters relating to externally and internally funded research, and all research involving human participants.

(b) To provide advice to academics and students on ethical matters relating to research in order to ensure that such work complies with recognised ethical standards, that the public, staff and students are protected from harm, and that the reputation of the School is safeguarded.

(c) To consider research proposals, publications and other outputs which are referred to the Panel and to assess the ethical issues raised by projects submitted to it for consideration, and to grant or withhold approval.  

(d) To consider requests to embargo hard and soft copies of PhD theses.

(e) To review and revise the Ethics policy and Research governance policy (including procedures for dealing with allegations of research misconduct) as necessary.