Code of research conduct and research ethics

The University of Nottingham requires all staff and students engaged in research to maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in the conduct of that research.

The Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics provides a framework for the governance of all research throughout the University and requires that all researchers adhere to the highest standards of performance and ethical conduct, and to all applicable statutes and Government guidelines in carrying out their research.

The University expects all of its staff and students to follow the ethical behaviours set out in the Nolan Principles. Those are: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. These Principles underlie the University’s Ethical Framework and are incorporated into the Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics.

Ethics review and approval

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) system for ethics approval and notification applies to all research involving human participants, animals and datasets relating to human. This system applies to all staff, students and associates – including class projects that involve data collection as well as researchers who are collecting data for their own research purposes.

You must not begin any data collection involving human beings or animals until you have received ethics approval for your research, relevant process and documents are available to download below.


Convention on Biological Diversity

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China is committed to compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Further details can be found in the Nagoya Protocol Link.

Research Ethics Subcommitee

Terms of Reference

To establish the University of Nottingham Ningbo China's (UNNC) process and procedures for providing ethical review 

  • To ensure and monitor best practice of research ethics across UNNC 
  • To provide quality assurance of the process and procedures for providing ethical review at UNNC
  • To advise and support the UNNC Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee on research ethics
  • To liaise with the University of Nottingham’s Ethics Committee and with the ethics representative / committee at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

Terms of Office

The subcommittee consists of representatives from all academic Schools and Divisions at UNNC, though divisions are entitled to ask delegates from other schools in their Faculty to represent them. Ethics representatives are to be nominated by Heads of Schools and Departments. In addition, there will be a Chair of the subcommittee and a non-academic, lay member. The UNNC Research and Knowledge Exchange Office will provide administrative and secretarial support and will also serve as a contact point for research participants in addition to the project leader or supervisor.