Research Ethics Workshop – ‘Consent – do you really need to ask?’

The Association of Research Ethics Committees (AREC) is holding a regional workshop at Durham University on 16th April 2012.  Northumbria University is a member of AREC, so all staff are entitled to attend at the members’ fee of £50.  Please contact Paul Rosen in Research and Business Services for a booking form, or contact  for more information.

Workshop programme:

‘Consent – do you really need to ask?’

The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.                                                   (Nuremberg Code, 1948)

This workshop will consider the concept of informed consent, why it is valued by research ethics committees, how it might be achieved with different participant populations, and whether it is always necessary (or desirable).

It is targeted at researchers from all disciplines and aims to increase understanding of and stimulate discussion around this fundamental ethical principle.

09.30 – 09.50            Registration of delegates and refreshments

09.50 – 10.00            Welcome

Chair:             Mr David Anderson-Ford, immediate past AREC Chair

Professor Tom McLeish, PVC Research, Durham University

10.00 – 10.45            “Consent and permissions in the context of research integrity”

Dr Andrew Rawnsley, University of Teesside

10.45 – 11.30            “Consent in practice – what do REC members look for in Health and Social Care applications?”

Dr Alasdair MacSween, University of Teesside & Chair of County Durham and Tees Valley REC

11.30 – 11.45            Refreshments

11.45 – 12.30            “Tensions between consent and confidentiality when undertaking research with victims of abuse”

Dr Nicole Westmarland and Dr Julia Downes, Durham University

12.30 – 13.00            Lunch and Networking

13.00 – 13.45            “Knowing what you are in for:  issues about informed consent for people with learning difficulties”

Dr Tina Cook, University of Northumbria

13.45 – 14.30            “Consent and minors”

Professor Priscilla Alderson, Institute of Education, University of London

14.30 – 14.45            Refreshments

14.45 – 15.30            “The challenges of seeking informed consent in developing country contexts: some examples”

Professor Bob Simpson, Durham University

15.30 – 16.00            Summary Panel Discussion – “Do you really need to ask?”

An opportunity for delegates and panel members to discuss issues raised over the day.

Chaired by Mr David Anderson-Ford

16.00                          Close