Research Ethics

Research Ethics Overview


 

At Rhodes University, the ethical conduct of research is a high priority. Ethical research is promoted as part of research training and supervision in Higher Degrees review processes, short courses for staff and students, and engagements with national experts. 

In addition, Rhodes has adopted the Department of Health’s research Principals, Processes and Structures (DoH, 2015) accredited by the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).

There are four committees at Rhodes to provide ethical clearance for research by students and staff:

  • the Animal Research Ethics Committee;
  • the Education Faculty Research Ethics Committee for low-risk studies conducted in the Education Faculty;
  • the Humanities Faculty Research Ethics Committee for low-risk studies conducted in the Humanities Faculty;
  • the Human Research Ethics Committee for all other studies involving human participants.

Each of the RECs has an online application system on ERAS, and applicants should make sure they apply through the correct form. 

For overall deliberations on and support for research ethics, the Rhodes University Research Ethics Forum (RUREF) meets four times a year.

All these committees are under the auspices of the Research Office. Within the Research Office, an Ethics Coordinator is available to manage the system and support applicants. RUREF, in turn, supports the coordinator and RECs on strategic matters.

 

  

ERAS - Accessing the online system

Ethical Review Application System (ERAS)

ERAS is the online system through which Rhodes students and staff apply for and receive research ethics approval.

Applicants click here to access ERAS 

Reviewers click here to access ERAS

The ERAS system ONLY uses Rhodes University email.  Check your email regularly for notices from ERAS

Protocol Amendments

If you wish to make changes to your protocol after having received Ethics Approval, download and complete the Protocol Amendment Request form and email it to ethics-committee@ru.ac.za

PROTOCOL AMENDMENT REQUEST FORM

For queries, contact the Research Ethics Coordinator 

Dr Janet Hayward

046 603 7314

For step-by-step instructions on how to use ERAS, please download the manuals or watch the videos below:

ERAS videos:
Accessing ERAS Page and logging in
Creating a project in ERAS
Addressing comments in ERAS

 

Applying from Outside Rhodes

 Researchers outside Rhodes University wanting to conduct research involving human participants should obtain research ethics clearance at their home institutions and provide proof of such clearance when approaching Rhodes to conduct research at the institution.

External or Non - Affiliated Research Application form

Researchers wanting to engage Rhodes staff as research participants will need gatekeeper permission from the Director of Human Resources. This can be obtained by emailing their provisional ethics approval letter to hr+gatekeeper@ru.ac.za

Researchers wanting to engage Rhodes students as research participants will need gatekeeper permission from the Registrar. This can be obtained by emailing their provisional ethics approval letter to registrar@ru.ac.za.

Training & Resources

Training

 Online Training Workshops:

Research Ethics Training workshops will be held online via zoom on:

Tuesday 20 August 2024 at 10:30

Tuesday 20 August 2024 at 14:15

Wednesday 21 August 2024 at 10:30

Wednesday 21 August 2024 at 14:15

These training sessions will be 60 minutes long and you only need to attend one workshop. Please complete this GOOGLE FORM if you would like to join.

Online Ethics Training for  Supervisors and Students:

Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation

TCPS Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

 Templates:

Examples of Consent and Permission requests to download and adapt according to your research.

Research Involving Animal Subjects

The Rhodes University Animal Research Ethics Committee (RU-AREC) reviews applications for ethical clearance for research and teaching activities involving animal subjects. RU-AREC is registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC). Before you undertake any research/teaching that involves animals, be sure to read the Rhodes University Research Policy on Animal Ethics and navigate to the Research Involving Animal Subjects page. Applications for clearance can be done on the ERAS system using the Animal Ethics form.

Research Policy on Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics REC:
Chairperson
Prof Roman Tandlich
Deputy Chairperson –
Prof Ben Smit

Read More >>
 

Upcoming Animal Research Ethics Committee Meetings 

02 May 2024

06 June 2024

04 July 2024

Applications to be reviewed at a meeting need to be submitted at least TWO WEEKS before the meeting is to be held.

Animal Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates 2024

 

Research Involving Human Participants

Students or staff planning to undertake studies involving human participants or affecting humans must apply for research ethics clearance through one of two committees, each of which has its own forms on ERAS.

Please use the correct form for the application. 

For all research in the Education Faculty, apply through the Education Faculty’s REC and form on ERAS.

For research involving humans but NOT in the Education Faculty, apply through the Human Ethics REC and form on ERAS.

For queries and support NOT involving the Education Faculty you may contact the following:

Human Ethics REC:
Chairperson and Ethics Coordinator – 
Dr Janet Hayward

046 603 7314

The issuing of Gatekeeper Permissions for conducting research with Rhodes University students as the research participants has been delegated by the Registrar to the Chair of the Human Ethics Committee.  Kindly contact Dr Janet Hayward for Gatekeeper Permissions.

Community Engaged Research

If you wish to design your research questions and methods and select your participants through engagement and interaction with community members, Apply for Scoping Approval.

Upcoming Human Research Ethics Committee Meetings 

       26 July 2024

        29 August 2024

      30 September 2024

        

 

Applications to be reviewed at a meeting need to be submitted at least TWO WEEKS before the meeting is to be held.

Human Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates 2024

Humanities Faculty Research Ethics Committee (Low Risk) Meeting Dates 2024

 

 

 

Research in Education

For all research registered in or associated with the Education Faculty, apply through the Education Faculty’s REC.

Click HERE to access the form

For queries and support you may contact the following:
Faculty of Education REC:
Chairperson -
Prof. Eureta Rosenberg
Deputy Chairperson -
Dr Pamela Vale
Faculty Officer of Education:
Ms Shehnaaz Asmal-Motara

In Education, researchers gain approval through two Faculty committees: The Education Faculty Higher Degrees Committee reviews the proposal and the REC reviews the ethics application.  Approval for both takes place via ERAS.

All the info you need for applying for Research Ethics clearance in the Education Faculty can be found here.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines 2024

Meeting Dates and Deadlines 2023

News & Updates

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REPORT UNETHICAL RESEARCH

Any member of the public or Rhodes fraternity who is concerned that Rhodes staff or student research might be contravening ethical research principles is asked to report their concerns. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results
  • not respecting the principles of anonymity, confidentiality and informed consent
  • negative impacts of the research on research participants or researchers

You will not be asked to provide your name or contact details, simply to explain your concerns, which will be forwarded the relevant Research Committee Chairperson for investigation and follow up where necessary. Please click on the button below to report unethical research conducted by Rhodes university staff or students.