The Research Integrity: Ethics & Governance Committee has the overarching institutional responsibility for research integrity.  The committee provides policy direction to ensure that appropriate structures, groups, and processes are in place for conducting ethical reviews of research. The committee receives referrals from, and resolves issues of research integrity from other internal ethical approval bodies/groups.

The Committee reports to the Senate

Terms of Reference

  • Ensure that the University complies with the commitments of the ‘Concordat to Support Research Integrity’;
  • Own and Implement the Policy Framework on ‘Research Integrity: Ethics & Governance’;
  • Oversee the work of University committees with particular responsibility of research ethics and governance matters, including Faculty Research Ethics & Governance Committees, Animal Welfare and Ethical Review process group, and any subject or area specific oversight groups or sub-committees;
  • Monitor compliance with internal ethical policies/procedures and external regulations/legislation relating to research ethics and governance;
  • Monitor, review, and where necessary update policies and procedures relating to research integrity: ethics & governance;
  • Provide assistance and guidance to Faculties, to ensure that appropriate mechanisms and structures are developed at Faculties for the management of research ethics and governance;
  • Ensure that research ethics and governance is a standing agenda item for the Faculty Research Committees;
  • Ensure that research risk is managed appropriately and that risks are mitigated for business continuity and emergency planning;
  • Promote best practice and encourage consistency in matters of research integrity: ethics and governance across the University through training and raising awareness;
  • Ensure oversight and compliance of sponsorship requirements, audits and inspections by external bodies (e.g. MHRA, HTA, UKRI, Internal Audit Services);
  • Update and disseminate all institutional research integrity related documentation with a view to ensuring stakeholders awareness of the processes relating to research integrity and governance and ethical approval; and
  • Approve and review periodically subject-specific research ethics and governance frameworks produced by the College Research Ethics & Governance Committees.

Frequency of meetings: Once a term with the option of special meetings when required.

Minutes of the Research Integrity: Ethics & Governance Committee are available upon request. Please email: researchintegrity@swansea.ac.uk