Research ethics

Alef Trust is dedicated to ensuring that all research that is being conducted adheres to the ethical principles as outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki and The British Psychological Society Code of Human Research Ethics. The dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of all involved in research are paramount. Any unreasonable risks must be avoided and any possibilities of harm to research participants must be minimised, and the autonomy, privacy and well-being of participants fully respected. 

All research projects carried out by Alef Trust students are reviewed on ethical grounds by appropriate ethics panels. PhD research proposals are assessed for their ethical integrity by the University Research Ethics Committee at Liverpool John Moores University as well as ethics committees of professional bodies where relevant (e.g., in relation to medical research). MSc research projects are subject to appraisal by the independent Alef Trust Research Ethics Panel, Chaired by Dr. Hennie Geldenhuys. The review process ensures that research projects adhere to ethical codes of best practice and guides researchers on the application of research ethics.

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