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The University requires all of its staff and students who are engaged in research to maintain the highest standards of integrity in the conduct of that research. The Code of Research Conduct provides a framework for the governance of all research throughout the University. It requires that all researchers adhere to the highest standards of performance and ethical conduct in carrying out their research.

The Code applies to all employees, students, visiting and emeritus researchers, whether they are working on the University’s premises or elsewhere.

The Code applies to all research deliverables and outputs in whatever form, and to all research activity, however it is funded. The Code covers the following areas:

  • To whom, and to what, does the Code apply?
  • The Context and how the Code is linked to and operates in conjunction with other University policies and procedures
  • Foundations and specific requirements for good research practice
  • Processing Personal Data (including obtaining and storage of data)
  • Publications including reports and technical reports in printed and electronic form, where these are related to a programme of research
  • Intellectual Property
  • Guidelines for Supervision
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Ethical Review
  • Adverse Events
  • Procedures for dealing with allegations of research misconduct
  • References and major research funders’ guidance
  • A Research Ethics Review Checklist

Download the University's Code of Research Conduct

Research Data Management

All staff and student researchers within the school are encouraged to make sure their data is planned, managed and archived in an orderly way.

While the University backs up the network drives each night, you are advised to have your own plans in place to protect your research data.

UoN Research Data Management website:

For the University’s full guide and additional information please see

The University provides training via Moodle on Research Data Management for all staff and students.

School of English Data Management Plan:

Data Management Guidelines for Staff-School of English.pdf

School of English Guides to help plan and manage your data (PhD students to discuss these with their supervisor/s):

Research Ethics

It is your responsibility to comply with all ethic requirements involved in your research.

To ensure that research in the School of English is conducted in an ethical manner and to comply with the University Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics. The School of English has an Ethics Officer (Dr Dominic Thompson in Sem 1 and Dr Fabio Parente in Sem 2.)

There is a Faculty of Arts policy for Research Ethics to ensure that all staff and students who are engaged in research involving human participants maintain the highest standards of integrity while conducting research. The function of Arts Research Ethics is to provide ethical review, approval and monitoring for projects where the research involves participation of humans and/or use of their data. Ethics approval is a pre-requisite for the provision by the University Insurers of indemnity for acts of negligence.

The School's Ethics Officer is the primary point of contact for ethics issues relating to research originating from the School, unless the Ethics Officer is the PI, in which case another Ethics officer in the Faculty will oversee the process. For all research involving human participants or their data, researchers or module convenors should submit the Faculty of Arts Ethics Approval Form to the Ethics officer in their School, who will oversee the review process and communicate with the researcher/module convenor during the review process, keeping a record of approved projects.

On a more practical level, investigations involving more than one researcher, the PI or his/her designate can submit a single form for the project. For PhD projects and MA dissertations, the student should submit the ethics paperwork. For UG and PG modules where students collect data from human participants, the module convenor should submit the ethics paperwork. The convenor should speak in broad terms about what the students will be doing. For example, the students will be conducting interviews on topics such as x, y, and z. The Ethics Officers will review, approve and keep a record of this. Approval for each of the individual student projects is in the hands of the module convenor and is left to his/her oversight. Importantly, it will be up to the module convenor/markers to ensure that students have submitted signed informed consent forms and the completed Awareness of Ethical Behavior for Data Collection with their coursework. 

All staff and students who are engaged in research involving human participants are required to follow the protocol. The University takes these protocols very seriously and failure to follow them will be subject to formal investigation by the University and may subject to University disciplinary procedures. This applies to employees, students, visiting and emeritus researchers, whether they are working on the University’s premises or elsewhere.

In cases where students are collecting data as part of a taught module or student research project, as long as the students are following the same protocol, the Module Convenor may submit a protocol for the entire module. However, each individual student must submit the proper paperwork with their assessment, namely informed consent forms signed by each participant, to verify that the protocol has been followed.

Failure to do so will be considered a matter of Academic Misconduct and will be dealt with under the academic misconduct regulations.

Please NOTE:  There is a Code of Research Ethics and Research Conduct that should be read BEFORE an application for ethics approval is submitted. 

Further Information about Research Ethics at The University of Nottingham

Research Ethics in the Faculty of Arts

The forms you need to submit to the Ethics Officer for ethics approval are below:

Faculty of Arts Ethics Approval form.docx

Faculty of Arts Ethics Approval form (guidance).pdf

Awareness of Ethical Behaviour for Data Collection.docx

Informed Consent Form (guidelines).pdf

For further information, please contact Dr Dominic Thompson, Ethics Officer.

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Other Research Resources

Recruiting Participants for Research

If you need to recruit students for your research, you may have need on occasion to try and send requests to participants to as many students as possible to try and generate interest. We hope that the following guidance will be useful to you:

  • School social media - Please email Sunita Tailor to request for a message to be put on the School's social media
  • Hard copy poster - You may consider printing some hard copy posters with details about the study and pinning them up on the noticeboards in the School Common Room.  Please contact Sunita Tailor for a template for you to use

Help with Research

Should you require specific computer equipment and/or software, over and above what is normally provided to you, then the following procedure is in place to help you with your research:

  • Discuss your needs with your supervisor(s).
  • Fill out the PhD IT Equipment & Software Request Form explaining why these items are vital to your research.
  • Get your supervisor(s) to sign the form before submitting it to Emily Dawkes.
  • Depending on your requirements, a meeting may be set with the IS department to determine what the University can offer.
  • Once your request is agreed to by the SoE you will be notified of the delivery timetable.

While every effort will be made to meet your requirements we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate everything requested. Personal preferences cannot be accommodated.

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