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REC Members St Andrews

Research Ethics Committee Members Regional Workshop hosted by the University of St Andrews

Wednesday 27th May

Hosted by University of St Andrews


Target Audience

This is a “must” workshop for Research Ethics Committee Chairs and Members to learn about best practice and tackle challenging questions. The one-day workshop will discuss approaches to ethics review in different research institutions, applying ethics theory, consent in research, challenges of diverse research and collaborative research and open discussion of hot topics in research ethics. Delegates will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and talk about the issues which matter to them.


Lower College Hall, University of St Andrews, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, North St, St Andrews KY16 9AL  https://ace.st-andrews.ac.uk/venue/lower-college-hall/

Session facilitators

Simon Kolstoe: Is a Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare and the University Ethics Advisor at the University of Portsmouth. Along with overseeing his university’s research ethics and governance processes he chairs the Hampshire A NHS research ethics committee, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) research ethics committee, and Public Health England’s (PHE) ethics and governance group.

David Carpenter: David worked as a moral and political philosopher at the University of Portsmouth for most of his professional career. He was also the University Ethics Adviser, providing advice and support across the institution. David now works as an independent adviser and trainer in research ethics; he works under the auspices of UKRIO, ARMA and the Health Research Authority (HRA). David is a long-standing NHS Research Ethics Committee chair; he chairs a busy committee reviewing studies including clinical trials, research involving adults lacking capacity and a wide range of qualitative and quantitative projects. David chair’s Google DeepMind’s Human Behavioural Research Ethics Committee David is also a member of the British Psychological Society Ethics Committee.


10:00 – 10:15Welcome, Introductions and Aims
10:15 – 10:45A Comparison of Ethics Reviews: Universities versus the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS

Simon Kolstoe

10:45 – 11:00Refreshment break
11:00 – 12:00Ethical Ethics Review: Applying theory in ethics review – a shift from compliance checking?

David Carpenter

12:00 – 12:45Lunch
12:45 – 14:00Interactive Review Activity:

  • Ensuring autonomy and consent – alternative consent arrangements and managing consent in research
  • Challenges for Universities in the ethics review and management of diverse research
  • Exploring ethics issues in collaborative research

David Carpenter and Simon Kolstoe

14:00 – 15:00Hot Topics in Research Ethics: Q&A session

David Carpenter and Simon Kolstoe

15:00 – 16:00Optional refreshments and networking


Further Information

Please book here

Standard delegate rate is £140.

Reduced delegate rate is £100, if you are from a UKRIO subscribing institution.

If you are not sure if your organisation is a subscriber, a list can be accessed here. If your institution would like to learn more about the benefits of supporting UKRIO, please contact us.

Delegate rate includes refreshments and lunch.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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