Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Professor Austin Tate has been appointed as the school's representative on the College Research ethics Committee

PRC has approved the following code, adapted from the seven principles of the universal ethical code for scientists, aimed at building trust between scientists and society, proposed by Prof. Sir David King, then Chief Scientific Advisor to H.M. Government, in September 2007.

The School General Meeting will be asked to endorse this code in the New Year.


  • Act with skill and care, keep skills up to date
  • Prevent corrupt practice and declare conflicts of interest
  • Respect and acknowledge the work of other scientists
  • Ensure that research is justified and lawful
  • Maximise positive impacts on society and the environment
  • Discuss issues science raises for society
  • Do not mislead; present evidence honestly
The seven points in this code are part of what separates researchers from charlatans

Dr Evan Harris

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