Any research undertaken by Institute of Archaeology staff or students should be designed and conducted in an ethical way and be compliant with existing Institute and UCL policy as well as UK law and international law, where relevant. Issues to consider include how your research data is funded, sourced, analysed and disseminated.
Institute policies and guidelines
The Institute of Archaeology takes research ethics very seriously and has produced the following guidelines for Institute staff and students to adhere to:
- Policy regarding the illicit trade in antiquities
- Ethical guidelines for research
- Ethical guidelines for student dissertations and other assessed work
- UCL Cultural Property Policy
This states that anyone bringing cultural property onto UCL premises must register this material with college. This includes all incoming archaeological material. The Institute offers support for this; click here for further details.
The legal position
- If your research involves human participants you must obtain clearance from the UCL Research Ethics Committee or National Research Ethics Service in order to be covered by UCL public liability insurance, unless your research has been declared exempt from such approval by a member of the UCL Research Ethics Committee or the Institute of Archaeology’s Ethics Committee. Students should first read the Ethical Guidelines for Student Dissertations and other assessed work section of this website.
- Your research must be compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998
- Work involving human remains must be compliant with the Human Tissue Act 2004
- A Criminal Records Bureau Check will be needed if you work in controlled or regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults. See here for further information»
- Appropriate Risk Assessment Forms may need to be submitted. These should be submitted to Sandra Bond.
- If you conduct your research outside Britain, or your work involves international collaborators, then you must also follow any relevant international guidelines or laws for the countries in which you operate.
- Ethics 1: good research practice, an online course offered through Moodle»
- Ethics 2: working with human subjects, an online course offered through Moodle»
- UCL Research Ethics Committee applications for working with human subjects, a 2 hour workshop aimed at research students»