In this policy, the term ‘researcher’ refers to staff and students, and to other persons engaged in a University-led research project who, as a condition of their being granted access to the University’s premises or facilities, have agreed in writing that this policy shall apply to them, whether or not the research is conducted on the University’s premises or using the University’s facilities.
The University's aims
The University of Oxford seeks to protect the dignity, rights and welfare of all those involved in research (whether they are participants, third parties or staff and students) and to promote high ethical standards of research. The University achieves this by:
- fostering a culture within the University that embraces the principles set down in this policy and in the legislation to protect the rights, dignity and welfare of those involved in research;
- providing ethical guidance that communicates regulatory requirements and best practice, and offering ongoing support and training to staff and students to maintain high ethical standards; and
- maintaining a review process that subjects research to a level of scrutiny in proportion to the risk of harm or adverse effect.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the University's Academic Integrity in Research: Code of Practice and Procedure and reflects the principles and commitments outlined in the funder-endorsed Concordat to Support Research Integrity.