About Ethical Research
Ethical Research aims to train researchers in the core skills needed to become an ethical researcher, a fundamental step in their research journey. Available as Australian and International adaptations, reflecting local legislation, the programme consists of two courses: Becoming an Ethical Researcher and Research Ethics in Practice.
Both courses explore ethics using a cross-disciplinary approach, and discuss ethical concerns in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, STEM subjects, Medicine and Public Health, and Business.
November 2023 Update:
Using feedback and reviews from our learners and advisors, Ethical Research has been updated to ensure that it continues to provide current, accessible content on ethics policies, and responds to new ethical challenges such as trauma-informed ethics and artificial intelligence. These are some of the key features included in the latest edition:
- The programme has been refreshed with an updated user interface and design, including new imagery
- Up-to-date information on legislation and guidelines surrounding research ethics and GDPR
- New pod types have been added to the course, including ‘Learn more’, ‘useful links’, ‘reflection’ and ‘application’, which provide further information, context and opportunities to think further and act practically on ethical issues discussed.
- Inclusion of philosophy content from different perspectives beyond western philosophy, and further philosophical content is mentioned in learn pods including critical perspectives and approaches, with the aim of decolonising the curriculum
- New references to trauma-informed ethics, content on environmental research and further development of research ethics has been added.
- Inclusion of digital developments which affect research ethics, such as ethical challenges in artificial intelligence and engineering.
An Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) update will launch in December which also includes the following regional changes:
- Changes have been made throughout the programme in response to a review looking at the representation of Indigenous people and research, including new links to resources and websites.
- Changes have been made throughout the programme to reflect the updated version of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, which was published in 2023.