The National Forum is committed to ensuring that teaching & learning research is conducted to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism and that ethical considerations are fully taken into account in the design, conduct and dissemination of research activities carried out in the Forum’s name.

The Forum has agreed that in furthering its commitment to high quality research, all research carried out should meet the requirements of an internationally recognised code of ethics. It has selected the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research (2011) as being the closest internationally recognised cognate code.  In addition, research should conform to institutional research ethics guidelines (for HEI partners).
It is anticipated that in the majority of cases, the nature of research conducted by, or on behalf of, the Forum will be low risk and as a consequence that ethics approval will be based on exemption from full review of research protocols.

The form below can be used to seek approval with exemption from full review by the Forum’s Research Ethics Committee, provided that the research proposals:
a.    Have gained ethical approval from an approved body (normally a Research Ethics Committee of a recognised HEI), or
b.    Have been assessed against the Research Ethics Checklist and meets the requirements of the BERA Guidelines.

The research ethics exemption application form which includes a statement of the Forum’s principles underpinning research ethics is available here.

To view details of the National Forum Research Ethics Committee click here.