Research Ethics Guidance from Professional Associations

This page gives links to research ethics guidance from professional associations, research councils and other organisations external to the University.

As a minimum, researchers are advised to familiarise themselves with professional association guidance which is relevant to their field of research and use the principles as a guide for their own work. 

Professional associations

Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of such codes and guidelines.

Research specialism or methodologyAssociation and guidance document
Anthropology Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth
Criminology British Society of Criminology: Code of Ethics for Researchers in the Field of Criminology
Education British Educational Research Association: Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research
Geography Association of American Geographers Statement on Professional Ethics
Geography Royal Geographical Society: Research Ethics and Code of Practice
History Oral History Society of the UK Ethical Guidelines
Law (Socio-Legal) Socio-Legal Studies Association: Statement of Principles of Ethical Research
Management Academy of Management's Professional Code of Ethics
Politics Political Studies Association, Guidelines for Good Professional Conduct
Psychology British Psychological Society Ethics and Standards
Social Research Social Research Association: Ethical Guidelines
Sociology The British Sociological Association: Statement of Ethical Practice
Visual Research ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Review Paper : Visual Ethics: Ethical Issues in Visual Research (PDF)

Research Councils: research ethics guidance

Research CouncilGuidance
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Framework for Research Ethics
Medical Research Council (MRC) Research policy and ethics
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Ethics Policy

Other external organisations: research ethics guidance

OrganisationTitle of Guidance
Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA)
[Association for Research Ethics (AfRE) guidance has been moved to ARMA website]
Research Ethics, Framework and Useful Links
Association of Medical Research Charities Good research practice

Department for Business , Innovation and Skills

Rigour and Respect – a universal ethical code for scientists
Department of Health Research Governance Framework
Nuffield Council on Bioethics Various publications on ethical issues in bioethics
RESPECT Code of Practice for socio-economic research in Europe
Second world conference on Research Integrity Singapore Statement on Research Integrity
The Global Health Network Resources
Universities and Colleges Employer Association Safety in Fieldwork, and Health and Safety Guidelines for Working Overseas