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To encourage participants to articulate and reflect on the ethical concerns faced by researchers.

Session aim

To encourage participants to articulate and reflect on the ethical concerns faced by researchers. Participants will leave with a general grasp of the kinds of reasoning that is involved in the ethical consideration of research involving human beings. Although it is not the primary focus of the session, there will be some discussion of the structures and procedures in place in the university and the NHS for the scrutiny of research. Researchers carrying out research involving humans are encouraged to attend one of these introductory sessions.

Course format

The session will centre on a case study designed to bring out the major ethical issues in research involving humans. The group will then consider more formally the structure of the concerns raised by the case study and its discussion.

Course content

  • Importance of research: 'why do research?' as an introduction to ethics
  • Ethics and Science: what is good research?
  • Risks and Benefits: principles vs. balancing
  • Consent and confidentiality: autonomy and privacy

Course length

3 hours

Participant numbers

Maximum 25

Booking Instructions

Please read the updated instructions before booking. 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for course booking and attendance. These have been updated for Trinity Term 2019.

*** NEW COURSES ***

Vicarious Trauma Workshop 28 May - this is run by the Social Sciences Division and places are subject to availability.

Understanding Intellectual Property (IP) workshop, 6 June. Open to all University students, researchers and staff. Provided by Research Services, Oxford University Innovation and the Careers Service.

'Academic English' courses available at the Oxford University Language Centre to help international students and staff improve their academic communication.

Limited spaces available for non-RDM MSD research staff on the RDM Learning and Development programme

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley (run by Bodleian iSkills) - book now for places during April-July.

Mixing it up mixed research methods course at the Department for Continuing Education (free for Oxford DPhil students) - 23 April to 11 June

Three Minute Thesis Competition launched, deadline 25 May 

Writing a medical conference abstract 11 June

How and why to undertake a systematic review 21 June 

Forthcoming events

Scientific Computing in MATLAB

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 to Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 9am - 5pm

This course is scheduled in Trinity term.

Preparing for learning and teaching at Oxford

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 10am to 4pm

This course is scheduled each term.

Large group and lecturing

Monday, 03 June 2019, 9.30am to 4.30pm

This course is scheduled each term.

Transfer of Status

Tuesday, 04 June 2019, 9.30am to 12.30pm

COURSE FULL This course is scheduled each term.

Writing a transfer report

Wednesday, 05 June 2019, 2pm to 5pm

COURSE FULL This course is scheduled each term.

Research Group Leadership

Monday, 10 June 2019, 9.30am to 4pm