Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsThanks for joining us on the course. It's been a terrific couple of weeks. And we hope you're feeling confident in your understanding of key ethical principles and how to apply them in your research. Remember research is fundamental to society's growth and development. Our goal is not to protect the world from research, but instead look at ways to undertake it in a responsible and ethical way. A commitment to ongoing reflection is an important part of ensuring ethical outcomes in all areas of your research. Remember, your responsibility goes beyond the goal of simply making it through an ethics review. So keep questioning and always seek the advice of trusted colleagues and supervisors when ethical dilemmas arise.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsWe've covered a lot of ground over the past two weeks, and have appreciated your contributions to our many discussions. Thanks for helping us to make the course a rich experience for us all. We hope you are feeling inspired to take the next step on your research journey. Be on the lookout for other courses in this series. Our universities are committed to working together to support you to achieve remarkable research outcomes. See you next time.

Congratulations on completing the course

Let’s take a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved together and reflect on our learning over the past two weeks.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you’ve enjoyed the course and are feeling confident about your understanding of key ethical principles and their application in the context of research.

Looking back on our learning journey, we have covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. That being said, ethical considerations deserve our ongoing attention in light of some of the disturbing research conducted in the past.

Ethics has become a key focus of contemporary research practice, largely shaped by historical documents such as the Nuremberg Code, the Declaration of Helsinki and of course, the Belmont Report. The world has progressed and standards have changed. Society now demands accountability from the international research community, which has led to greater levels of governance.

For research outside the health sciences, it is perhaps not surprising to hear complaints that the case studies used and the guidance material that is promoted is not about their practice, and isn’t relevant or useful. Even within the health sciences there is concern that basing human research ethics arrangements on famous egregious cases engenders an adversarial climate between researchers and research ethics reviewers that fails to safeguard the interests of participants and society.

Sometimes the governance frameworks may feel as though it is standing in the way of what you would like to achieve. Don’t lose heart. Look at different ways to progress your research that can also satisfy the requirements of the Ethics Review Committee.

Remember, ethical dilemmas are the constant companion of the researcher, so we must remain reflexive and conduct ourselves with integrity and transparency at all times. We won’t just be judged by the way we treat others. Our research will also be scrutinised for academic integrity, personal bias and conflicts of interest that may have influenced our results.

Keep open minded when you receive feedback on your research and we wish you the best of luck with your ethics application. Don’t be daunted by requests to resubmit or make adjustments - this is all part of the learning process.

We look forward to seeing you in the next course in this series, Why Planning Your Research Matters as we continue to inspire you to achieve remarkable research outcomes. Until next time!

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Why Ethics Matter: Ethical Research

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