Ethics IR


Purpose of the proposed group

  • To increase awareness and understanding of ethical principles involved in designing and conducting institutional research/evaluation* at Hallam, especially work with students.
  • To consider effective processes for up scaling of good practice
  • To establish Hallam as sector leading in its ethical vision and praxis of institutional research/evaluation.
  • Objectives of the proposed group

  • To establish a network of institutional staff who are interested in enhancing their own institutional research/evaluation in line with ethical ‘best practice’.
  • To implement a programme of action learning sessions where EthicsIR members get valuable advice and guidance at project inception using the Guild’s ‘give and take’ approach.
  • To provide staff members with an opportunity to evidence research, scholarship and personal development activity in line with the UKPSF, Academic Careers Framework and Professional Service Attribute Framework.
  • To provide student members will evidence of engagement in research activity which can contribute to research credits, personal development, and employability objectives.
  • To run a ‘themed week’ which provides input and discussion with national or international speakers to promote Hallam’s ethical principles and secure institutional buy in.
  • Group main contacts
    Dr Liz Austen: Senior Lecturer in Research, Evaluation and Student Engagement
    Stella Jones-Devitt: Head of Student Research and Evaluation
    Liz Chitwood: Researcher, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union

    Resource links
    *Institutional research (IR) at Hallam is defined as:
    “a term which describes evidence driven approaches to decision making within organisations. Effective IR requires strategically relevant sources of reliable data which are embedded within the organisation. IR therefore includes research or evaluation conducted by staff or students on their own organisation”
    (Austen 2018).

    For more information regarding the scope of institutional research/evaluation, specifically involving students, please see the document titled ‘Institutional Research and Evaluation Typology’.

    You can also access a Frequently Asked Questions document.

    More information about the role and activity of STEER (Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research – Provost Group) can be found here https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/steer/

    More information on the research activity of the Student union can be found here https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/representation/research/

    You can also follow us on Twitter @EthicsIR.