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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
‘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