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Research and Innovation Services bulletin

Updates:

  • Association for Research Ethics

The University subscribes to AfRE (Association for Research Ethics, formerly known as AREC) and their website can be accessed at: www.arec.org.uk.

All researchers of the University of Portsmouth and members of our ethics committees may also access the Research Ethics Journal online for free. Just click on the icon (green journal front cover on the right of the screen) and you can select the articles you wish to download. You can also access back copies in the archive that may be of interest.

  • Researchers in the Social Sciences may be interested in a particular item in the February 2014 newsletter, now readily available:

Generic research ethics principles

The Academy of Social Sciences has now published on its website reports of the series of three symposia that were held last year towards a generic ethics framework for social sciences, and a briefing paper that brings together these documents along with papers presented at the meetings. The series was organised by Janet Lewis, Robert Dingwall, Ron Iphofen and John Oates, and supported by the Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Psychological Society, the British Sociological Association and The Open University, with John Oates as Council trustee representing AfRE’s interests. A well-attended conference was held on 10 January at the British Library to take this project forward, with presentations from the organising team, and contributions from Felice J. Levine, Director of the American Educational Research Association, Jonathan Montgomery, Chair of the Health Research Authority and Phil Sooben, Director of ESRC Policy, Resources and Communication.

http://acss.org.uk/developing-generic-ethics-principles-social-science/.

Staff and research students will also find many useful guidance documents regarding key aspects of health research ethics under “Guidelines and Downloads” which are freely available via the AfRE home page.

  • Lay Members required for Ethics Committees

As a member of the University could you help us to recruit new lay members to our Ethics Committees?

Maybe you know someone external to the University who would like to offer their time and become involved in the process of ethical review?

The University is looking for volunteers to join each of the Faculty Ethics Committees as lay members. Members should have an enthusiastic interest in the University and any affiliation they might have should present no conflict of interests. Lay members must be able to offer an independent opinion from the perspective of a member of the public. For further information please contact david.carpenter@port.ac.uk, University Ethics Adviser.

  • Research and Innovation News

Issue 10 is available here: Research and Innovation Newsletter.

Deadline for submission of articles to issue 11 is Wednesday 23 April.

  • Pure research information management system set to launch

Over the past six months, the University has been implementing a research information management system, called Pure, which will be used to address many of the University’s information and reporting requirements relating to research activity.

Academics will be able to add research outputs, which will be automatically fed into our institutional repository, Parade. Pure will also store and collate information about research interests, funded projects, activities and collaborations.

The system is being implemented in phases and in future phases will be linked to finance and other corporate systems containing research-related information, and in turn this information will be used to provide content for research webpages. The aim is that Pure becomes the single authoritative source of current research information.

With the launch of Pure in March, we are inviting academics to enrol on one of the Pure workshops we are offering. These will briefly present the system functionality and allow academics to try out Pure for themselves.

To book onto one of the upcoming workshops please contact ruth.wills@port.ac.uk.

Alternatively, if you would like any further information regarding Pure please email pure@port.ac.uk or see page 17 of the latest Research and Innovation Newsletter.

 

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