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Academic Ethics Compliance Committee

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference

The Academic Ethics and Compliance Committee (AECC) has oversight of the University's ethical framework for the conduct of academic activity and its supporting governance structures, including but going beyond research ethics.

The AECC also oversees research-related compliance issues.

The AECC maintains oversight of the local level ethics committees and provides a first point of referral for complex issues raised by the latter.

The Committee has particular responsibilities to ensure that:

  • The University’s supporting framework of regulations, strategies, policies, procedures and guidance in this area is robust and fit for purpose.
  • Local Research Ethics Committees have the support required to deliver their duties fully and effectively, for example by access to training and support.

The Committee provides annual assurance to Senate via University Research Committee
(URC) regarding ethical and compliance matters.

The Committee will meet at least four times a year.

Read the full terms of reference.


Committee membership

  • Professor Keith Allen, Philosophy (Chair)

Academic membership

  • Dr Angela de Bruin, Psychology 
  • Dr Nino Grillo, Language and Linguistic Science 
  • Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks, School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Professor Bryony Beresford, Social Policy Research Unit
  • Professor Dawn Coverley, Biology
  • Professor Jon Finch, Archaeology & Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr Anna Einarsdottir, School for Business and Society
  • Professor Tony Royle, School for Business and Society
  • Dr Siamak Shahandashti, Computer Science

Lay member

  • Pauline Painter, School governance professional; University Career Service (retired)

Student representation 

  • Samir Belgacem, Archaeology

In attendance 

  • Mr Richard Fuller Assistant Director of IT (ex officio)
  • Dr Duncan Jackson Head of Academic Quality and Development
  • Vacancy- senior RIKE representative
  • Ms Jen Mayne Research Strategy and Policy Officer (Secretary)

Meeting Dates

Frequency of Meetings

Not less than four occasions each calendar year. Committee business may be considered by correspondence and in order to make written resolutions where there is an urgent need to do so.


  • Tuesday 12 March 2024
  • Tuesday 11 June 2024


Research Ethics Committees

Local Research Ethics Committees

Information on requirements for membership and terms of reference can be found in the Ethics Code of Practice.

Contact AWERB:

  • Archaeology

Chair: Dr James Taylor

  • Arts and Humanities - comprising Archaeology, English, History of Art, History and Philosophy

Chair: Professor Jonathan Finch

Chair: Professor Mariana Lopez

Chair: Dr Michelle Hawkins

Chair: Dr Emily Nicholls

  • Education

Chair: Dr Cylcia Bolibaugh

Chair: Dr Colin McLean

Chair: Professor Stephen Holland

  • HYMS

Chair: Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan

  • Languages and Linguistics

Chair: Simon Roessig

  • Physical Sciences - comprising Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Mathematics and Physics

Co-Chair: Dr Siamak Shahandashti

Co-Chair: Dr. Kanapathippillai Cumanan

      Chair: Dr Nadia Mifka-Profozic        


  • Psychology

Chair: Dr Angela de Bruin 

  • Social Policy and Social Work

Chair: Professor Bryony Beresford

Chair: Dr Fiona McNab

Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes


Meeting Agenda and Minutes

12 March 2024

AECC agenda 12 March 2024 (PDF , 421kb)

12 December 2023

AECC Agenda 12 December 2023 (PDF , 530kb)

AECC Minutes 12 December 2023 (PDF , 487kb)

10 October 2023

AECC Agenda 10 October 2023 (PDF , 145kb)

AECC Minutes 10 October 2023 (PDF , 492kb)


Meeting Agenda and Minutes
11 October 2022

AECC agenda 11 October 2022 (PDF , 425kb) 

AECC minutes 11 October 2022 (PDF , 551kb)

13 December 2022

AECC agenda 13 December 2022 (PDF , 427kb)

AECC minutes 13 December 2022 (PDF , 641kb)

14 March 2023

AECC agenda 14 March 2023 (PDF , 428kb)

AECC minutes 14 March 2023 (PDF , 45kb)

13 June 2023

AECC agenda 13 June 2023 (PDF , 533kb)

AECC minutes 13 June 2023 (PDF , 546kb)


Meeting Agenda and Minutes
14 September 2021

AECC agenda 14 September 2021 (PDF , 37kb)

AECC minutes 14 September 2021 (PDF , 97kb)

3 December 2021

AECC Agenda 3 December 2021 (PDF , 36kb)

AECC Minutes 3 December 2021 (PDF , 84kb)

15 March 2022

AECC agenda 15 March 2022 (PDF , 46kb) 

AECC Minutes 15 March 2022 (PDF , 78kb)

21 June 2022

AECC Agenda 21 June 2022 (PDF , 45kb)

AECC Minutes 21 June 2022 (PDF , 105kb)


Meeting Agenda and Minutes
6 November 2020

AECC agenda 6 November 2020 (PDF , 91kb)

AECC minutes 6 November 2020 (PDF , 121kb)

26 February 2021

AECC agenda 26 February 2021 (PDF , 45kb)

AECC minutes 26 February 2021 (PDF , 91kb)

11 May 2021

AECC agenda 11 May 2021 (PDF , 36kb)

AECC minutes 11 May 2021 (PDF , 101kb)