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Research ethics and governance

Research ethics and governance 

Increased demands for greater public scrutiny and accountability necessitate all studies undergoing ethical approval. 


Statement of Governance 

De Montfort University is committed to the principle that the research conducted under the aegis of the university should be both ethical and legal. This commitment has been exercised through:

  • The governance of research (involving appropriate procedures for the approval of research projects
  • The provision of research training for staff and students engaged in data collection for the purposes of research

De Montfort University acknowledges the existence of many codes of practice and certain laws that are used by professional bodies or which have been developed by organisations with a specific interest in research. The ethical standards that operate at the university are intended to complement such codes of practice and legislation. 


As a leading institution for research DMU also recognises the need for research to be conducted with integrity in terms of scientific standards, the interests of colleagues, and relationships with stakeholders in the research.

Within a framework of good governance and appropriate training, responsibility for the conduct of ethical research must ultimately lie with the researchers themselves.

In accordance with the new DMU quality assurance process researchers are expected to recognise the relevant ethical principles, to operate within the spirit of these principles, and be able to justify any research activity that does not accord with these principles.

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