Aims/Description: Training on research ethics and integrity for all postgraduate research students as part of the Doctoral Development Programme. The training will: - Enhance students' ability to critically analyse/reflect upon their own actions and behaviours when conducting research from start to finish, as well as interactions with research participants, supervisors, co-workers etc; - Heighten ethical sensitivity and reasoning, enabling students to plan and prepare for ethical challenges they may face and to be able to manage challenges.The training will complement and reinforce existing research methods training.

Teaching Methods: The below sets out the broad framework for the training, within which each Faculty is developing its own tailored content:Step 1 (Semester 1 of Year 1 ):Introductory Lecture to inspire interest and encourage independent learning; to convey the importance and relevance of the training; to introduce key concepts (Face-to-face lecture or online lecture)Step 2 (Semester 2 of Year 1):Action Learning Sets (Phase 1) to help PGRs to become reflective practitioners who are discussing the concepts of ethics/integrity actively through consideration of case studies and examples, and then applying these concepts to their own research (Facilitated group discussion sessions involving 6-10 PGRs face to face or online)Step 3 (Semester 1 of Year 2):Action Learning Sets (Phase 2) - A progression from Phase 1: PGRs will continue to meet but the sessions will be more student-led (e.g. bringing examples of challenges they have come across in their own research)Step 4 (On completion of Step 3):Personal Review of Experiences - PGRs complete a self-assessment form about competency in ethical sensitivity and reasoning and in specific topics. PGRs discuss this with their supervisor and add the form to the e-portfolio.

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