Ethics and Research Governance: An Introduction


If you are carrying out research with human participants, including surveys, interviews and focus groups, and if you need to know how to navigate University and NHS ethics and governance systems, you should attend this session.

We will provide you with details of what’s required for different types of research, introduce you to processes and reassure you that it’s not all as difficult as it seems.

We will also provide an overview of the requirements of external regulations and how these might affect your work.

Each presentation is followed by a drop-in session so you can stay on and discuss your own needs.  If you don’t need to attend the presentation but want to discuss particular issues, please come along to the appropriate drop-in.

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.


  • Elaine Bell

    Elaine Bell is our Research Governance Officer and has extensive experience of the processes of obtaining ethical and other governance approvals.

  • Nick Curry

    Nick Curry is the Head of Research Governance and has worked in the area of ethics and governance for many years.  He is responsible for developing and maintaining the University’s internal research ethics and governance processes and interface with the NHS/HSCNI.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Research governance and organisation which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • C1: Professional conduct
  • C2: Research management
  • C3: Finance, funding and resources
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework