Research Skills: Ethics, Principles and Sustainability
Ethics, Principles and Sustainability skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students
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12 November 2010
An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:
- Shows knowledge and understanding of ethical requirements and codes of conduct appropriate for discipline/research area, research council and professional association/body.
- Takes responsibility for ethics in own project.
- Demonstrates awareness of issues relating to the rights of other researchers, of research subjects, and of others who may be affected by the research.
- Is mindful of the environment and own impact on it. Understands how to behave and work in a sustainable way.
- Understands the concept of corporate social responsibility; seeks guidance as necessary.
Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:
- Understands and applies the relevant guidelines for the ethical conduct of research involving people, human tissue and animals and considers the impact of own research on people and animals.
- Makes own ethical judgements about work and advises less experienced researchers and students. Challenges potential or actual unethical behaviour of others.
- Acts and works in a responsible way to create a sustainable environment.
- Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as C1.2 Professional Conduct: Ethics, Principles and Sustainability