'AfRE and UAL partnered a successful workshop on Integrity
and Ethics in arts research in London 6 November. This pilot
venture points the way to developing training to take account
of the specific needs of university arts researchers when
conducting their projects in UK or international
environments. Among issues discussed were digital research,
cultural relations, ethics codes and frameworks, the challenges
of interdisciplinary working, and why the Concordat to support
Research Integrity is relevant to UK HEIs and matters to arts
research. The outcomes will be analysed by AfRE and UAL to
shape a training programme to be launched in 2015.'
Association for Research Ethics and the University of the Arts London Working Together
6 November 2014: 10.00 – 16.00
A challenging new initiative by AfRE and UAL to explore via a pilot workshop
the ethical issues and threats to integrity that may arise when conducting
research in the arts at national and international level.
This is your opportunity to find out more, to plan your research in an informed
and ethical way, to consider the research boundaries and the choices that may
be open to you, individually and as a team, and to demonstrate the care and
respect for cultural objects required by the Research Integrity Concordat. All
are key to helping you
- maintain the quality that you and your institution already represent in
this increasingly complex area of research
respond in a well-informed way to its global dimensions.
The workshop will highlight the importance of being sensitive to different
cultural environments and ethical values while not undermining the integrity
of your research project and those involved in it.
It will appraise research relationships and interactions with museums, media
and cultural organisations, including non-government and government
agencies, in the context of multi-disciplinary arts research.
Research applications and ethics review are necessary steps for students
when taking forward their research projects. The co-ordination of evidencebased recognition of the Concordat is now an essential requirement for
universities and other HEIs.
THE CARD ROOM, UAL, CHELSEA – 6 November, 2014: 10.00 – 16.00
To help researchers achieve the highest standards of ethical rigour and integrity
10.00 Introduction and welcome – Professor Malcolm Quinn (to include brief intro of Lorna Carter plus UAL
sponsor partnership with AfRE )
10.10 ‘The Concordat to support Research Integrity ‘ in context: its relevance to UK HEIs, and why it
matters to your work - Dr Andrew Rawnsley: Research Governance and Training Manager, Teesside
10.30 ‘Surveying the terrain’ : some situations and types of ethical issues in arts research
Dr Andrew Rawnsley, Lorna Carter – facilitated discussion/Q&As
11.00 Coffee break
Cases in the frame:
11.15 ‘Your Digital Research - fact or fiction’ - Dr Ella McPherson
11.45 ‘Photography in Public Space’ - Andrea Muendelein
12.05 Morning round up - Q&As - Prof Quinn to chair, AR and LC
12.30 Lunch
International research - voices of experience
1.30 ‘Bamiyan Mirror : residency and research abroad - Dr William Cobbing
2.00 ‘Cultural Impact - the unexpected, the unseen, and the unforgotten’ - Simon Dancey, Director of
Global Skills, British Council
2.30 Discussion/Q&As
2.50 Tea break
3.00 ‘Professional boundaries - freedoms or constraints?’ - standards, codes, and gatekeepers: - Dr Janet
Marstine: Director, Art Museum and Gallery Studies Programme, University of Leicester (also member of
Museums Association Ethics Committee)
3.30 Panel discussion - chair Prof Quinn with/AR/LC /Q&As
‘A Way forward’: summary of key points - Dr Andrew Rawnsley
Prof Quinn– brief closing remarks and thanks to contributors.
We hope you enjoyed this workshop and would like to thank you for taking part. Based on your input, this
trial training initiative in arts research is to be developed and launched formally in 2015.

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