The University of Edinburgh currently deals with around 6500 ethics applications every year. It is anticipated that this will only rise. In addition to ever increasing research projects not every undergraduate project currently goes through ethics processes. The University lacks a single over-arching ethics management process which results in inefficient and inconsistent processes being followed across the organisation. At present, Colleges and Schools use a number of processes and systems to conduct ethical review. Most rely on forms and email which, although working, is labour intensive (tracking, version control, maintaining communications, updates) and can mean that some projects (e.g. undergraduate) do not undergo review in an effort to reduce burden on the system. In addition, AHSS and Engineering within CSE have embarked on building their own custom systems to streamline and improve the process. Finally, when data is required at a University level, it is a long and labour intensive process to collate and review.
None of our current ways of working fit with our service excellence programme which expects:
- Increased efficiency and effectiveness
- Enhanced end user experience
- Enhanced data quality and consistency
- Increased process standardisation or simplification
The scope of this project is to purchase a new system which will require to go through a procurement tender process. There are a limited number of available options on the market (known to REIRG) and given the success of Infonetica, unlikely that an existing supplier (e.g. Worktribe, Elsevier) would move into this space in such a comprehensive way.
Current project status
|Report Date||RAG||Budget||Effort Completed||Effort to complete|
|May 2020||BLUE||60.0 days||60.9 days||0.0|