To consider and advise on ethical issues referred by the following: Council; any committee of Council; the Vice-Chancellor, heads of departments, centres or research units; the ethics committees of departments, centres or research units.
To report to Council its findings in respect of 1 above.
On behalf of Council, to consider and, if appropriate, approve work which requires the approval of a University ethics committee before it can receive external authorisation to proceed.
To consider annual reports from departmental ethics/research and teaching committees on their consideration of ethical issues.
To review, on request of Council and in the context of contemporary best practice, the mechanisms and procedures at departmental level for identifying and considering ethical issues arising from teaching and/or research.