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Ethics

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The Royal College of Music expects all staff and students to observe the highest ethical and professional standards in their research.

Staff and students engaged in research foster good practice and intellectual integrity in all professional circumstances. Principles emphasised by researchers at all levels are:

  • Care and avoidance of harm
  • Honesty and openness
  • Accountability and appropriate documentation
  • Confidentiality
  • Informed consent
  • Avoidance of conflicts of interest
  • Compliance with the law and relevant codes of conduct
  • Due acknowledgement of collaborators, informants, participants or other contributors

All research involving human participants must have ethical approval. Ethical approval is also required for projects that may not involve human participants but raise other ethical issues in potential social or environmental implications of the study. Those wishing to undertake research involving the participation of other people should adhere to the principles outlined in the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

In accordance with the 'Prevent' responsibilities of higher education bodies, intended to 'prevent' radicalisation/extremism, research students and staff will need to seek approval within their own institution to gain access to electronic or other material related to subjects concerning radicalisation and extremism. Such access will not be withheld where the student or member of staff has good academic reasons to access such material, in accordance with academic freedom principles.

Staff are regularly updated on good research practice. Professor Colin Lawson, Director of Research, acts as the staff member overseeing research integrity and the first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity.

The Deputy Director, or in his absence, the Head of HR, acts as confidential liaison for whistleblowers or any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted, in accordance with the institutional Whistleblowing policy.

RCM Research Ethics Committee

Most applications for ethical approval should be submitted to the RCM Research Ethics Committee, as set out in the RCM Research Ethics Policy:

Exceptions are:

  • Researchers wishing to carry out research at other CUK Conservatoires (whether or not they also carry out their research at the RCM).
  • Students (other than holders of postgraduate studentships at the RCM) and staff who wish to carry out any externally funded research.

In these cases, you should apply to the CUK Research Ethics Committee and submit the certificate of approval to the RCM Research Ethics Committee by email to Lisa Hall at lisa.hall@rcm.ac.uk with the subject line: CUK Certificate of Approval {Your Name} - see forms at the bottom of this page.

RCM Research Ethics Application Deadlines and Committee Dates

There are various application deadlines throughout the year and corresponding committee dates:

Application deadline: Friday 20 August 2021
Committee meeting date: Week beginning 6 September 2021

Application deadline: Friday 12 November 2021
Committee meeting date: Week beginning 29 November 2021

Application deadline: Friday 7 January 2022
Committee meeting date: Week beginning 24 January 2022

Application deadline: Friday 11 March 2022
Committee meeting date: Week beginning 28 March 2022

Application deadline: Friday 22 April 2022
Committee meeting date: Week beginning 9 May 2022

Application deadline: Friday 17 June 2022
Committee meeting date: Week beginning 4 July 2022

An electronic copy of the submission, formatted into a single file, should be sent to the Committee Secretary, Lisa Hall (lisa.hall@rcm.ac.uk) with the subject: 'Application to RCM REC Your Surname'. Please copy in all named collaborators in this email. To learn about the RCM research ethics policy and application process, please refer to the documents below.

CUK Research Ethics Committee

Applications for ethical approval that fulfil the following criteria should not be submitted to the RCM Research Ethics Committee. Instead, these applications should be to submitted to the CUK Research Ethics Committee (CUK REC). Following approval, the certificate of approval from the CUK REC should be submitted to the RCM Research Ethics Committee by email to the committee secretary Lisa Hall at lisa.hall@rcm.ac.uk.

  • Researchers wishing to carry out research at other CUK Conservatoires (whether or not they also carry out their research at the RCM).
  • Students (other than holders of postgraduate studentships at the RCM) and staff who wish to carry out any externally funded research.

The procedure, application forms and checklists can be found at the links below.

Enquiries

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the ethical approval process further, please contact Neta Spiro.

Neta Spiro

Research Fellow in Performance Science

0207 591 4382

neta.spiro@rcm.ac.uk