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Research Integrity

Research integrity is the responsibility of everyone affiliated with CPUT, internally or externally. To facilitate, safeguard and promote such an environment at CPUT, the Unit of Research Integrity was developed. Our vision at URI is to create and promote ethos and culture of research ethics, integrity and responsible research conduct at CPUT, where all research is planned, proposed, performed, reported, taught and reviewed.

Our function includes:

  • Facilitate research ethics and integrity as well as good research practices by providing resources and training to all researchers at CPUT.
  • Monitoring compliance (to institutional policies, rules and regulations as well as local, national and international laws including professional standards), thereby ensuring safe and ethical research.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures related to the welfare and protection of research subjects (humans and animals) and the environment
  • Applying suitable policies and procedures/guidelines that are fair, transparent and vigorous, to deal with issues and allegations of research misconduct.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of research ethics activities at CPUT, including research conducted by external researchers or staff members registered at other universities, but who are making use of CPUT as a research site.

CPUT Faculty Research Ethics Committees

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology has four structures that oversee and govern research ethics, these include the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology, Information and Partnerships (DVC: RTIP); Research Directorate (RD, including a Unit of Research Integrity, URI); the Senate Research Ethics committee (SREC, as a subcommittee reporting to Senate);  faculty-based ethics committee (Health and Wellness, Business and Management Sciences, Applied Sciences, Engineering and the Built Environment, Informatics and Design and Education) and an Animal Ethics Committee.

Name of CPUT Research Ethics Committee

Contact person

Contact Details

Supporting Documents

Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC)


Dr Dirk Bester (Committee Chair)


CPUT AEC-1 Application Form

CPUT AEC-2 Progress Report

AEC-3 Report for Influence on Animals

AEC-4 Template for Reporting animal use to CPUT AEC

AEC ToR Final Edit 22 Oct 2018

Health and Wellness Science Research Ethics Committee (HWS-REC)

Ms. Carolynn Lackay (Committee Chair)

Dr Dirk Bester and

HWS – Human Participation Application Form

HWS-REC4.2 Human Participant Status Report (Jan-2018)

HWS-REC SOPs 25 Feb 2019 Final

HWS-REC ToR-25 Feb 2019 Final


Faculty of Applied Sciences Research Ethics Committee

Prof Felix Nchu (Committee Chair)


Ethics Checklist Applied Sciences

CONFCOM application form August 2020


Faculty of Business and Management Sciences Research Ethics Committee

Dr Michael Twum-Darko (Committee Chair)


Ethics Clearance and Review Process for FBSM Staff and Postgraduate Research Projects and Conferences

FBMS Ethics Guidelines REC 5 Questionnaire Ethical Approval - 2020

FBMS Template – Informed Consent for Data Collection

FREC Meeting dates 2021

Faculty of Education Research Ethics Committee

Prof Zayd Waghid (Committee Chair)

Application Template 2021

Checklist for ethics Application

Guidelines for Ethics application

EFEC risk assessment guidelines 2019

Informed Consent Template

Faculty of Education Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates 2022

Faculty of Educaton Ethics Committee ToR

WCED Revised Research Form Template

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Research Ethics Committee

Prof Veruscha Fester (Committee Chair)


2.1 Ethics guidelines Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

2.2 Faculty Ethics Submission Procedure 26 January 202

ECSA_Code of Conduct


FREC 1-1 Application for Masters and Doctoral students in FEBE 26 January 2022

FREC 1.2 Application for researchers using CPUT as research site

Faculty of Information and Design Research Ethics Committee


Prof Izak van Zyl (Committee Chair)

Mr Mziyanda Ndede (Committee Secretary)

Ethics application form – FID FREC

Consent Template – 2020 – FID REC


CPUT Site permission

The following subgroups, require CPUT site permission after ethical approval from a CPUT Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC) has been obtained.

CPUT site permission guidelines

CPUT site permission for external researchers and students

External Researchers/Students

  • Any researcher/s or student/s not formally affiliated to CPUT who want to conduct research at CPUT.

CPUT Staff/Students who want to conduct research at other CPUT entities

  • CPUT students who want to conduct research at a specific CPUT entity (faculty/department/unit/office/groups/individuals) outside of the Faculty in which they are registered. 
  • CPUT staff who want to conduct research at a specific CPUT entity (faculty/department/unit/office/groups/individuals) outside of the CPUT entity they are affiliated to. 
  • CPUT staff that are registered as students at other academic institutions/organisations wanting to conduct research at CPUT.

CPUT Staff who want to conduct institutional surveys as per policy

This applies to research/institutional activities such as:

  • recruit and survey of CPUT staff and/or students, 
  • access and use of any CPUT facilities or sites (e.g. laboratories) 
  • access to CPUT data /information 
  • surveys for CPUT institutional planning

Resources and information:

Ethics code for an indigenous group in Africa

Statement on Ethical Research and Scholarly Publishing Practices (ASSAf, CHE, DHET, DST, NRF and USAf)

NRF Statement on Predatory and Deceptive Publishers

Fostering Integrity in Research.

Belmont Report 

The Singapore Statement on Research Integrity.

The Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations.

Department of Health, Ethics in Health Research Guidelines, 2015

National Health Research Ethics Council,



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research Web-based training course “Protecting Human Research Participants".

Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation (TRREE).


Dr Hester-Mari Burger

Manager: Unit of Research Integrity (URI)

Tel: +27 82 8731484
Office: Research Directorate, Room 2.8 Administration Building, Cape Town


CPUT Site permission guidelines_URI_12 April 2021