Introduction to the ethics review - for new ethics officers and panel members
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target Audience: This course is designed to support new ethics officers, ethics panel members and others involved in supporting the ethics review process within the University, such as School and faculty administrative staff.



The session will:

1. Outline the University's Code of Research Ethics and Research Conduct and Guidance for Schools for the Ethical Review of Research;

2. Consider what is meant by key ethical concepts such as privacy, informed consent and protection of vulnerable groups; and explore how, and where, legal and ethical frameworks intersect and also diverge;

3. Consider and explore the implications of (1) and (2) for Research Ethics Committee and individual research practice; and

4. Outline the process used for ethics review at the University of Nottingham.

Process: The session will involve a mixture of presentation, discussion, debate, and examination of case-studies addressing particular ethical issues and challenges.

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access MS Teams
Attend the course at the specified date and time
Use MS Teams chat box function
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Take part in group activities/ discussions

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course05 July 202405 July 20241:00pm - 4:30pm993
Online Course29 August 202429 August 202412:00pm - 3:30pm997