SAH Ethics Declaration UG&TPG

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School of Arts and Humanities
ETHICS CHECKLIST FOR UNDERGRADUATE and
TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATIONS
1. Does the research involve live human informants through e.g. interviews, focus groups,
questionnaires, observation? Please tick the relevant box below.
Yes
No
If yes, please complete the attached research ethics declaration form (p.3)
2. Does the research involve any use of copyright material that does not come under fair
dealing?
Yes
No
3. Does the research involve the use of material which is not in the public domain (e.g.
documents from private/family collections)
Yes
No
4. Does the research pose any risk or danger to you as a researcher?
Yes
No
If any of the questions 2-4 are answered ‘yes’, then a proposal (see p.2) needs
to be forwarded to the ethics committee.
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If the student has answered ‘no’ to all questions, the student and supervisor
should sign the form which should then be retained on file in the Divisional
Office.
Student’s Signature ……………………………………………………………..
Supervisor
Approved
(please tick the relevant box)
Referred
Supervisor’s Signature……………………………………………………………
Note for Supervisors: The checklist can be approved if the student has answered ‘no’ to
all questions, or if, in answering ‘yes’ to question 1, they have also signed the research
declaration form. Otherwise, please refer the proposal (p.2) to the School Ethics
Committee.
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DISSERTATION PROPOSAL
Please outline the details of your research which raise ethical issues relating to questions 2-4 above
or which are not covered by the declaration form overleaf relating to question 1. Submit the whole
form to Andrew Miller ([email protected]) who will forward to the Ethics committee.
Title:
COMMITTEE DECISION
Approve
Approve subject to
amendment (noted below)
Not Approved
Committee chair’s signature: ………………………………………...................………...............…………
Date: ………………………………………………………………………......................................................
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RESEARCH ETHICS DECLARATION
This declaration must be completed by all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students whose
research involves conducting interviews, surveys, focus groups, or other research involving human
participants. The use of the words ‘interview’ and ‘interviewee’ below should be taken to include
focus groups, surveys and observation.

I will obtain informed consent from all interviewees before interviewing them — this means
that I will explain to my interviewees exactly what my project is about and exactly what I will
do with their contributions before they decide to take part. I will obtain this consent in writing
(this can be in the form of an email or a signature on a release form, for example).

If I plan to publish, broadcast or post online any work using interview material, I will make
this clear to interviewees before the interview.

I will not deceive any interviewees about the nature or intended outcomes of the project.

I will not attempt to interview anyone under the age of 18.

I will not attempt to interview anyone who is unable to give informed consent and/or is a
member of a vulnerable group. (To be discussed with supervisor if further clarification is
required).

I will not interview anyone about their own illegal behaviour (e.g. illegal drug use).

I will not interview anyone if their participation in my project could expose them, me or the
University of Stirling to significant risk (other than the risk normally encountered in day to
day life).

In my project, I will render my interviewees anonymous (by excluding any information that
might identify them) unless their specific identity is important and relevant to the reader’s,
viewer’s or listener’s understanding of the project, in which case I will obtain their written
permission to name them in my work.

I will keep copies of any recordings and transcripts securely, and will keep these separate from
any information that might personally identify my interviewees. All material will be kept for a
period of five years.

I will seek advice from my supervisor if, at any time, I become unsure whether my research
might be in breach of these rules.
If you have good reason not to agree to all of these conditions, you should not sign this form, but
should submit a proposal to the School Ethics committee (see previous page).
Student name:
Student number:
Signature:
Date:
Supervisor’s Signature ……………………………………………………………
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