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LEaD Research Ethics

Please note, this guidance only holds information relevant to research ethics in Learning Enhancement and Development. For all other information about research ethics at City, including information about how to apply, participant information sheets, consent form templates, and general guidance please see City's guidance on research ethics.

All research projects in LEaD that involve human participation must undergo formal ethical review. This includes research undertaken by staff and students in their capacity as members of City, University of London, irrespective of whether the research is funded and or the source of any funding. 'Human participation' covers direct data collection from people, for example surveys, observations, and physiological measurements.

The research policy for LEaD aims to provide guidance that applies to all staff and students undertaking educational research in their capacity as members of City, University of London, or research carried out in the university or under the auspices of City by staff/students or visiting persons.

Dates and deadlines

The Academic Practice Programme Committee meets once a term and approves all applications for MA Academic Practice students. LEaD Board of Studies will meet once per term and approves all staff and research students' applications. Applicants can normally expect a response within 10 working days after the appropriate meeting which they submitted their application to. Note that the Committee also comments on matters such as research design, especially for applications from less experienced applicants who may not have undertaken much research.

Academic Practice Programme Committee

Submission of application Academic Practice Programme Committee date Outcome of the review
Wednesday 21st November 2018 Wednesday 5th December 2018 Wednesday 12th December 2018
Wednesday 6th February 2019 Wednesday 20th February 2019 Wednesday 27th February 2019
Wednesday 15th May 2019 Wednesday 29th May 2019 Wednesday 5th June 2019
Wednesday 10th July 2019 Wednesday 24th July 2019 Wednesday 31st July 2019

LEaD Board of Studies

Submission of application LEaD Board of Studies Outcome of the review
Thursday 25th October 2018 Thursday 8th November 2018 Thursday 15th November 2018
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 Wednesday 6th February 2019 Wednesday 13th February 2019
Tuesday 11th June 2019 Tuesday 25th June 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Terms of reference

  1. To consider the ethical implications arising from research projects collecting, using and/or storing personal data carried out in the institution or under the auspices of City.
  2. To receive from individual members of academic staff and students, proposals for all other research related to education and academic practice, and to allow, refer back or disallow such proposals, specifying where necessary any conditions subject to which proposals may be allowed.
  3. In carrying out its responsibilities, to seek and take account of all necessary advice from sources within and without City.
  4. To ensure minutes from the Academic Practice Programme Committee are sent to the LEaD Board of Studies.
  5. To send minutes and reports from Departmental Research Ethics Committees to the Senate Research Ethics Committee.

Other ethical codes of practice

The research policy for LEaD encompasses all research involving human participants, and/or data. It applies whether the research is funded or not and whatever the source of funding. The LEaD research committees adhere to the BERA (2011) guidelines for educational research.

Composition of the Research Ethics Committee

Academic Practice Programme Committee

  • Chair of the programme Committee
  • All Module Leaders for the MA Programme
  • One Academic from the School of Health Sciences
  • One external independent member of staff from the Senate Ethics Committee
  • One Member of the LEaD support team
  • Appointments by the Committee which are not ex-officio will be for up to three years (normally three years) and will be renewable for a maximum period of office of nine years
  • Quorum - 30% rounded up to the next whole number of the total actual membership
  • Frequency of meetings - As required, at least once, and normally three times, a year

LEaD Board of Studies

  • Chair of the Board of Studies
  • Deputy Chair of the Board of Studies
  • Head of the Educational Technology team, Head of Learning Success and Head of Student Counselling and Mental Health
  • The Associate Deans of Education from all Schools
  • Student Union Vice President Education
  • Head of the LEaD support team or their representative
  • One external independent member of staff from the Senate Ethics Committee
  • Appointments by the Committee which are not ex-officio will be for up to three years (normally three years) and will be renewable for a maximum period of office of nine years
  • Quorum - 30% rounded up to the next whole number of the total actual membership
  • Frequency of meetings - As required, at least once, and normally three times, a year

Current membership

Academic Practice Programme Committee

Names of Members Roles of Members
Professor Pam Parker Chair of Committee and Programme Leader
Michelle Carter School of Health of Sciences
Dr Jessica Handcock Module Leader
Ali Press Module Leader
Professor Susannah Quinsee Module Leader
Anna Ramberg Senate Research Ethics Committee Representative
Dr Jane Secker Module Leader and Deputy Programme Leader
Dr Ruth Windscheffel Module Leader
Hester Wellings Senior Support Officer

LEaD Board of Studies

Names of Members Roles of Members
Professor Susannah Quinsee Chair
Professor Susan Blake Associate Dean Education Law
Dave Flinton Associate Dean Education SHS
Dr Cristina Gacek Associate Dean Education SMCSE
Tuna Kunt SU Vice President Education
Dr Rachael-Anne Knight Associate Dean Education SHS
Dr Lauren Knott Associate Dean Education SASS
Hester Wellings Head of Support Team
Professor Ben Rickayzen Acting Associate Dean Education Cass
Julie Voce Head of Educational Technology
Anna Ramberg Research Integrity Manager