Governance and ethics
Research governance provides a framework for the robust management and monitoring of research. The aim is to ensure that all research is carried out to the highest possible standard and to ensure that its quality and integrity can be easily verified.
In maintaining and improving research quality, it provides safeguards for the public and those immediately involved in specific research projects, including the researchers.
At Canterbury Christ Church University we focus our governance particularly on all work involving human participants, wherever it is located within or is on behalf of the University. The aim is to ensure that any risk to researchers or participants is effectively identified and managed. The use of sentient animals in research and teaching at CCCU is restricted to observational and behavioural studies only. No research and teaching activities that fall within the scope of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) amended 2012 are carried out.
Research ethics plays an important role in research governance. It is, essentially, a set of principles aimed at ensuring the rights, dignity, safety and well-being of research participants, sentient animals, data subjects - and of society in general. These principles guide all research involving human participants carried out at Canterbury Christ Church University, from its inception through to completion, the publication of results and beyond.