Research ethics and integrity


Research Ethics at Goldsmiths

All research, no matter whether it’s funded or unfunded, should seek clearance from an ethics and integrity committee.

For funded research, ethical clearance is a condition of funding being awarded and might be audited. In some cases (external) monitoring might be required by the funder, such as the European Commission. The information on this and linked pages is intended to help researchers prepare themselves for ethical approval.

Academic researchers have ethical obligations to the people, species, and materials they study, to the people with whom they work, and the environments within which the research is situated. Such obligations should be not only based in the here and now, but also oriented to the possibility of future knowledge production by others. By and large academic research ethics have been formulated with regard to human participants (living or recently deceased).

All research proposals - that are concerned with living (or recently deceased) beings or with data and materials derived from such beings or that might unduly affect the environment and hence change the lives of beings within that environment - undertaken by Goldsmiths staff or undertaken within the territorial boundaries of Goldsmiths require ethical approval.

The ethical scrutiny of research conducted by academic staff is the responsibility of Goldsmiths Research Ethics and Integrity Sub-Committee (REISC). That Committee scrutinises applications in order to ascertain that such research abides with both general and disciplinary principles and standards of research ethics. Such principles would have regard to issues concerning, for example, harm to human participants, independence of researchers, integrity of research, fidelity to verifiable knowledge, consent to research and use of data, and rights to privacy, confidentiality and anonymity.

Research Integrity at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths is a signatory to the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity. The Chair of REISC, currently Professor Simon McVeigh,, acts as first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity or wishing to raise concerns about potential research misconduct. The formal procedures for investigation are set out in the university's policy dealing with allegations of misconduct, Safeguarding Good Academic and Scientific Practice and Dealing with Allegations of Misconduct in Research.

Goldsmiths publish an Annual Statement reporting matters of research integrity at the university:


Dates for Goldsmiths Research Ethics and Integrity Sub-Committee

The Sub-Committee meets three times a year; in academic session 2018/19, the dates are:

  • Thursday, 11 October 2018 
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019 
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Information for Researchers