Research ethics

New Ethics application process

Human research ethics

If you want to undertake research with or about people, or their data or tissue, you must give serious thought about how best to conduct your research so that it espouses the principles of research merit and integrity, justice, beneficence and respect.

In Australia, researchers must gain approval from an accredited Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) before they can undertake human research, and Bond University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (BUHREC) is here to help you translate the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement) principles above into pragmatic and workable strategies for ethically sound research.

Bond University is a leading independent university producing world class scholarship. BUHREC nurtures this vision by ensuring that research at the University meets the ideals and guidelines set out in the National Statement, Australia’s primary reference for ethical review.

BUHREC is committed to protecting the welfare and rights of human participants in research conducted by members of the Bond University community. It promotes ethically, socially, scientifically and legally responsible research activity by all members of our community.

BUHREC operates a research application and review process to provide ethics approval for research projects ranging from online surveys to clinical trials. Although primarily aimed at providing a service for researchers and students at Bond University, for a small fee BUHREC is happy to review ethics applications from external researchers.

Minor variations to current projects are normally reviewed by the Chair (see Minor variations to current projects).

View the submission deadlines and meeting dates for BUHREC.

Researchers and research organisations are entrusted by the community with the responsibility to undertake research for the benefit of us all. Research Integrity is a vital part of maintaining that trust. As part of Bond’s commitment to integrity all research at the University must meet the guidelines set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018

Introduction to Best Practice in Research

Training sessions for 2019

Wednesday 13 February 201910-12pmLaw Building Tutorial Rooms 4 & 5 (BLD04_2_29 & 31)Register
Wednesday 12 June 201910-12pmLaw Building Tutorial Rooms 4 & 5 (BLD04_2_29 & 31)Register
Wednesday 9 October 201910-12pmLaw Building Tutorial Rooms 4 & 5 (BLD04_2_29 & 31)Register

Presenters: Dr Gary Allen (AHRECS), Dr Lisa Marlow (Bond University) 

PhD students and those studying for a Masters by research are encouraged to attend one of the Research Integrity Workshops being held each Semester, which will be an introduction to best practice in research. All HDR students complete Research Integrity Training in their first year of enrolment, prior to confirmation.

Bond University has satisfied the registration requirements of Section 52 of the Animal Care Protection Act 2001 and is registered for the use of animals for scientific purposes.

Bond University seeks ethical approval for animal research for scientific purposes from an External body.

Prior to any research being conducted on animals for scientific purposes, researchers must first liaise with the Research Ethics Manager in Research Services, who will advise on the necessary steps and processes required to complete an Animal Ethics application.

Research misconduct is a failure to adhere to high standards of professional conduct and integrity and to the principles contained in the Research Code of Conduct PolicyResearch Misconduct PolicyResearch Data Management and Sharing Policy, and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.

Research misconduct information for HDR students

If you become aware of activities that you believe may constitute research misconduct or a lesser breach of the Australian Code, there are a number of options open to you.

Staff and students may, in the first instance, report suspected breaches of the Code to the Associate Dean of Research for your Faculty or a Research Integrity Advisor.

If the matter involves a serious breach, or if you do not wish to discuss it with the people mentioned above, you may refer the matter directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).

Bond University is committed to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of our research.

The University’s research community realizes how privileged we are that members of the community are willing to participate in our research, often without direct benefit to them personally. Typically, human research involves some degree of interaction between people. Sometimes such relationships can break down, leaving the parties confused, distressed and frustrated. Even with the best of intentions, situations can arise where participants or third parties feel that there are problems with the ethical design and/or conduct of a project.

In response to community expectation that the conduct of human research should be subjected to independent review, and the University’s commitment to high ethical practice, independent processes have been established for responding to both concerns and complaints from the participants in University research, and to allegations of breaches of ethical standards.

Bond University handles concerns about the conduct of research and complaints in accordance with Part B of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the University’s Research Misconduct policy.

Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of research by Bond researchers, please contact a Faculty Research Integrity Officer (RIO), or Research Ethics Manager Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee, Bond University, Gold Coast, 4229 Tel: +61 7 5595 4194

Bond Staff or students who are in any way unclear about their responsibilities in regard to the conduct or research should refer to the Bond University Research Ethics Manual (BUREM).

BUREM Booklet 7 discusses Bond University's processes for responding to complaints, alleged breaches of ethical standards, or appeals against decisions (note that BUREM booklets only available from on campus computers, or via a Citrix login).

If you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of BUHREC in reviewing an application for ethics approval, it should be directed to the Manager of Grants and Ethics in the first instance. Read more