The National Forum’s Research Ethics Committee is a sub-committee of the Board of the National Forum. The Research Ethics Committee is responsible for developing, implementing and enhancing ethics arrangements for research to be conducted in the name of the Forum and for developing ethics processes in line with international good practice.

A National Forum Research Ethics Governance Structure and Ethics Approval Process has been devised by the Committee to guide all ethics arrangements pertaining to National Forum research projects.

Members of the National Forum Research Ethics Committee are as follows:

Elizabeth Noonan (Chair) Director of Quality Enhancement Unit, University College Cork
Sheena Hyland Assistant Professor, Education Development, University College Dublin
Sean Lacey Lecturer and Chair of Research and Innovation Committee, Cork Institute of Technology
Joyce Senior Assistant Professor and member of School of Psychology Undergraduate Research Ethics Committee, University College Dublin
Elaine Sisson Senior Lecturer and Chair of IADT Research Ethics Committee


A Research Ethics Audit Committee has also been established with responsibility for undertaking periodic audit activities to ensure that the National Forum’s processes for ethics review and approval are robust and fit for purpose.

Members of the National Forum Research Ethics Audit Committee are as follows:

Martin Fitzgerald (Chair) Lecturer, Limerick Institute of Technology
Frances Boylan Head of eLearning Support & Development and previous member of institutional Research Ethics and Integrity Committee, Technological University Dublin
Laura Lee Research Support Officer, University College Cork
David Williams Course Director and member of institutional Research Ethics Committee, Dublin Business School


Membership of the National Forum Ethics Committees is by institutional/Board nomination of staff with recognised expertise in research ethics from higher education institutions affiliated to the National Forum.

For further details on the National Forums Research Ethics process click here.