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Department of Social Anthropology


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Information for Directors of Studies

Please see our Director of Studies' Moodle forum for the latest information on a number of areas including how undergraduate supervisions should be arranged and for a current list of supervisors.


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Risk Assessment for Work Away from the University of Cambridge

Staff working away from Cambridge on University business should fill out the appropriate risk assessment form. Please see the University Guidance, linked below, for information on how to assess the level of risk and completing the appropriate form.

All staff members and students of the University may access the WorldAware advice, which includes detailed travel information, free SMS travel alerts and a world risk matrix. To access this service, go to the WorldAware website and use access code 7796 to register.




Research Ethics and Integrity Approval

In terms of formal approval procedures, the Departmental Committee, which meets weekly in Full Term, and consists of all UTOs and CTOs in the subject, acts as Ethics and Integrity Committee for UTOs and postdoctoral and affiliated researchers. This body has final responsibility for ethics and integrity clearance at the Department level.

The University of Cambridge Research Integrity website provides extensive ethics and integrity guidelines to support staff and students. The Association of Social Anthropologists also provides extensive ASA ethics guidelines. Please consult these carefully in advance of applying for research clearance from the Department. Also see ESRC framework for research ethics and AAA ethical guidelines.  As the statement from the ASA Chair usefully points out, the guidelines are not intended to provide ready-made answers or to absolve researchers from ethical responsibilities, but should be a starting point for a concrete reflection on the specific ethical issues which may have to be borne in mind in the case of your specific research:  “Codes of practice and guidelines are of necessity succinct documents, couched in abstract and general terms. They serve as a baseline for starting to think about ethical issues, but cannot of their nature encompass the complexities of concrete situations and the dilemmas of choice and positioning that anthropologists routinely face as they navigate through a variety of intersecting fields of power and responsibility and start to consider how their own work both reflects and affects power relations. If ethics is seen simply as a question of avoiding a lawsuit and our codes are simply a list of restrictions on conduct designed to protect us from interference, our ethical purpose will simply be a matter of self-serving professional interest.” (Statement from the Chair, ASA) 

Researchers should also be aware of data protection issues that arise as a result of conducting research. In particular, you should keep in mind that when using cloud-based storage, or programmes such as Evernote, data will be crossing international borders even if your research does not. This means you should be aware of any issues raised concerning not only the security of your own research data, but also the legal issues surrounding data protection of all personal data. Further information on data protection can be found at the following places:
The University of Cambridge Staff and Student Information
Research data Q&A from Jisc Legal

If, having read these guidelines, you have any questions or would like any advice relating to research ethics, please consult the Department’s research ethics officer, , .