Talking ethics – TSRF conference 2022

Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum 2022 conference took place on Tuesday 8th February 2022 on Zoom.  The conference ‘Talking ethics’ provided an opportunity to hear how researchers working in and with the Third Sector have navigated some tricky ethical dilemmas, as well as offering an opportunity for participants to talk about their ethical issues and learn from each others’ experiences.

The outcomes of the conference were that participants would

  • know more about good practice in ethical third sector research
  • better understand how to overcome ethical issues in third sector research
  • have the opportunity to talk about your research ethical issues
  • be consulted on how to be supported with research ethics.

Who is the conference for?

This free conference was for researchers working in and with third sector organisations (including academics and independent researchers as well as those working for a third sector organisation), third sector practitioners interested in research informed practice and funders of third sector research (government, local authorities, and charitable funders) in Scotland.  

Conference report

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Presenters’ slides

Plenary 1

Ethical dilemmas in practice – Prof. Karen McArdle, University of Aberdeen

Ethical research dilemmas in practice: negotiating consent – Dr Jane Cullingworth, University of Glasgow

Ethical considerations of equal opportunities monitoring – Chris Ross, Children in Scotland

Plenary 2

Reflexive researchers – Fiona McHardy, Poverty Alliance

Parallel 1 – Ethics of working with people with lived experience

Ethics and lived experience research – Dr Hannah Tweed

Ethics and Safety in Peer-Led Research – Dr Laura Robertson

Parallel session 2 – Sharing research data ethically

Data Sharing in the Third Sector – Debbie Maltman

Parallel session 3 – Embedding research ethics into your organisation

Developing a research policy in a third sector organisation – Dr Amy Calder and Dr Neil Davidson

Research ethics at Samaritans: towards a whole organisation approach – Simon Anderson and Liz Scowcroft


Embedding Research Ethics in a Third Sector Organisation – Dr Amy Calder and Dr Neil Davidson

Anderson, S. & Scowcroft, E  (11 March 2022) Samaritans UK: Developing ‘fit for purpose’ research ethics processes within a large third sector organisation. Research Ethics Monthly. Retrieved from: