Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference
The University's Academic Ethics and Compliance Committee (AECC) is a sub-committee of Senate.
The AECC has oversight of the ethics policy and governance relating to academic activity, including but going beyond research ethics. The AECC also oversees research-related compliance issues such as clinical trials and sponsorship.
The AECC maintains oversight of the departmental/subject level ethics committees and provides a first point of referral for complex issues raised by the latter. It also considers ethical issues arising in relation to the activities of professional services.
These are the AECC agreed Terms of Reference:
- To make decisions on ethical issues raised by local committees as appropriate or pass these on to the Ethics Frameworks and Governance Committee where necessary (such as in the case of high risk research or risks to the university reputation), in line with an agreed framework of principles.
- To receive, consider and approve annual reports from local committees and to ensure that matters raised are resolved.
- To have oversight of training provision for staff in relation to ethics and research related compliance and in particular members of local committees.
- To have oversight of the processes, operation and management of local committees and to review and audit as required, and to consider ethical issues that arise in relation to the activities of professional services.
- To have ownership of the Code of Practice on Ethics and other related policies (such as clinical trials) and to recommend changes as required.
- To receive, consider and approve reports from the Clinical Trials and Sponsorship Committee and to ensure that matters raised are resolved.
- To report to Senate and to provide an annual report on ethical and compliance issues that have arisen to teaching (UTC), research (URC) and partnership (UPEC) committees as appropriate.
- To undertake reviews where a breach of the Code of Practice on Ethics has been identified or concerns have been raised.
- To commission reports and other work, such as guidance on strengthening and reviewing the ethical framework as required.
Senate, as a sub-committee of it, through:
- an executive summary of the Minutes of each of its meetings, reported to the next scheduled meeting of Senate.
- an annual report to the Ethics Framework and Governance Committee, alongside reports on relevant issues to University Teaching Committee, University Research Committee and University Partnerships and Enterprise Committee.
- ad hoc reports requiring or meriting escalation to EFGC or to the appropriate Pro-Vice-Chancellor as appropriate.
Approved by Senate June 2019
- Dr Keith Allen, Philosophy (Chair)
Three members, one from each Faculty, currently on a subject level/departmental Ethics Committee, nominated by the Dean
- Dr Will Brackenbury, Deputy Chair, Biology Ethics Committee
- Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks, Chair, TFTI Ethics Committee
- Dr Mark Wilberforce Chair, SPSW Ethics Committee
Three members, one from each Faculty, with ethics experience, nominated by the Dean
- Professor Gareth Gaskell, Psychology and Chair, YnIC Ethics Committee
- Professor Jon Finch, Archaeology and Deputy Director, Humanities Research Centre
- Dr Anna Einarsdottir, Management
No two academic members should be from the same department.
- One undergraduate and one postgraduate representative TBC
- Ms Jennifer Gilmartin Acting Director of Research & Enterprise and Head of Research Services and Associate Director (ex officio)
- Ms Amanda Selvaratnam Head of Enterprise Services and Associate Director of Research & Enterprise (ex officio)
- Dr Arthur Clune Director of Infrastructure and Faculty IT Services (ex officio)
- Dr Duncan Jackson, Head of Academic Practice and PGCAP Programme Director (Academic Support Office)
- Ms Jen Mayne Research Strategy and Policy Officer (Secretary)
Frequency of Meetings
Not less than 4 occasions each calendar year. Committee business may be considered by correspondence and in order to make written resolutions where theeris and urgent need to do so.
- Friday 6 November 2020, 10-11:30am, by Zoom
- February 2021, date and location to be confirmed
- May 2021, date and location to be confirmed
- August 2021, date and location to be confirmed