UCC Ethics Committee

General Purpose: The University Ethics Committee (UEC) promotes ethical approaches to research, teaching and other related institutional activities across UCC, and develops ethics governance, policy and strategy in these areas. The UEC advises Departments/Schools and Colleges on good practice in ethics and monitors and oversees relevant activities from an ethical perspective within the University. The Committee networks with professional bodies and other university ethics structures in Ireland and internationally in order to ensure that best practices, codes and structures are in place at UCC.

The Committee shall consult with relevant University Officers as appropriate in relation to specific items and issues of potential significant impact to the University (particularly in relation to resources). 

Reports to: Academic Council

Terms of Reference:

1. Strategy and Policy

To bring forward for consideration by Academic Council:

a) Policy and procedures governing ethics in research and research conduct;
b) Proposals for the development of UCC’s ethics governance framework ensuring alignment with professional and statutory obligations;
c) Recommendations to ensure the effective operation of ethics governance structures at UCC;
d) Proposals to ensure institutional oversight of the University’s responsibilities relating to ethical conduct in research, teaching and related institutional activities;

2. Executive Functions

a) To grant ethical approval on behalf of UCC, or to delegate the granting of such approval;
b) To establish and oversee ethics sub-committees;
c) To co-ordinate training and raise awareness of ethics and good research conduct among staff and students.

3. Oversight Function

a) To receive regular reports from ethics sub-committees on their operation, in order to ensure adherence with the appropriate codes, standards and statutory and professional requirements;
b) To undertake audits to assess compliance with the appropriate codes, standards and statutory and professional requirements
c) To maintain oversight of national and international developments in ethics and ethics governance and to advise on UCC’s response as appropriate.

4. Other business as required

UEC will

a) Report to Academic Council annually with additional reporting on specific matters as requested;
b) Advise Academic Council on such matters that Academic Council may refer to UEC from time to time;
c) Report to Governing Body annually.

Delegation of Authority

The UEC retains the overall responsibilities defined in its terms of reference as approved by Academic Council. The Committee will establish sub-committees to enable it to fulfil its remit.  The UEC may also establish working groups from time to time to assist in its work. The UEC, its sub-committees* and working groups shall operate in accordance with the procedures set down in the Academic Council Committee Handbook. 

*The UEC has the following Sub Committees:

  • Social Research Ethics Committee (SREC) Sub-committee
  • Animal Experimentation Ethical Sub Committee (AEEC)
  • Clinical Research Ethics Sub-committee (CREC)

Frequency of Meetings

The Committee shall meet four times per year or as directed by Academic Council.

Chair
Appointed by the President

Dr Elizabeth Kiely

 

Ex Officio: 

 

Vice President for Research and Innovation, or nominee

Professor John Cryan

 

Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr Ruth Ramsay

Chair, Academic Council Research and Innovation Committee, or nominee

Professor Patricia Kearney

 

Vice President for Learning and Teaching, or nominee 

Professor Paul McSweeney 

External member of Governing Body

Professor Adrian Dixon

Chair or nominee of each of the sub-committees charged with granting ethical approval in particular areas of activity 

AAEC

Professor Ken O’Halloran

CREC

Professor David Kerins

SREC

Dr Ciara Heavin

Two staff members nominated by each College (to include one representative from the College’s ethical approval committee/with functional responsibility in the area of research ethics)

CACSS

Dr Orla O’Donovan
Dr Cliona Ó Gallachoir

CBL

Professor Thomas Garavan
Dr Conor O’Mahony

COMH

Dr Colm O’Tuathaigh
Dr Elaine Lehane

CSEFS

Professor Emer Rogan
Dr Cora O’Neill

Co-opted members
Up to 3 members approved by Academic Council

 

Dr Louise Burgoyne

 

Mr James Cronin

 

Dr Irene Kavanagh

Committee Secretary
OVPR&L

Ms Liz Hales

Approved by Academic Council 23rd March 2012
Amended by Academic Council 19th January 2018

 

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