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UCT first university to adopt
global ethics code
The UCT Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for
Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC). The code, which is
directed at all research disciplines from bioscience to zoology,
emphasises close collaboration between partners in the global
north and south through all stages of research.
It aims to counter ‘ethics dumping’,
broadly the practice of exporting
sensitive research not ethically
accepted in the global north to the
global south and other resourcepoor settings. It’s a practice that has
gained prominence with globalisation
and increased researcher mobility;
sometimes it’s wilful exploitation but
it can result from lack of knowledge.
The GCC therefore also serves as an
educational tool for researchers and
research support systems.
This makes UCT the third adopter of
the Global Code, after the European
Commission and the European &
Developing Countries Clinical Trials
Partnership, and the first adopter in
the global south.
The GCC was developed over
the past four years by TRUST,
a collaborative EU-funded project,
with UCT as a key partner.
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UCT TO HOST 2021 WORLD CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH INTEGRITY
This year, UCT was also selected, via a competitive process, to host the
7th World Conference on Research Integrity – this will be the first time
it’s held in Africa. The conference fosters international exchange of
information and discussion about responsible conduct of research.

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