Research Ethics and Integrity

Ulster University requires the highest standards of professionalism in research conducted by all staff and students in all disciplines. Refer to the Research policy and procedures with regard to research practice, publications and intellectual property.

All PhD researchers should act professionally in your role. Including the use of appropriate email etiquette in a reasonable fashion and acting professionally in the office and around campus.


Integrity is fundamental to the research process and an important component of our research environment, demonstrating to partners and funders that we undertake excellent quality research to a consistently high standard.

The research integrity course is mandatory for all PhD researchers and must be completed prior to undertaking the Initial Assessment. This course is available via your Blackboard account.


It is University policy that all research involving human participants must be reviewed through the filter and ethics committee process as appropriate.

Details of the University’s policies and procedures in this area are currently available through the portal. Please click on the Research Governance & Ethics tab. Early in your project you should discuss the Ethical implications of your work with your supervisor. If required, you should then make an ethical application. More faculty level guidance and templates can be found on the ethics submission website.

Filter committees have been established in all the areas in which significant levels of human research are likely to take place. For information on the Filter committee for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment contact Skye Aughey

Applications should be completed fully and must also include the peer review at time of submission. Guidance is available on how to prepare a research ethics application.

School of Computing

The School of Computing is part of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment and is comprised of two focused research groups in Pervasive Computing and Artificial Intelligence, which sit within the Computer Science and Informatics research area. The School is also home to three industrially focused Innovation centres, BT Ireland Innovation Centre (BTIIC), the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) and the Advanced Research and Engineering Centre (ARC).

Computer Science and Informatics

World-leading research in intelligent systems, assistive technologies, next generation networks, and semantic analytics.