Ethics Advisory Group

Supporting researchers in their work and ensuring that Institute research is consistent with key ethical principles and best practices


The Ethics Advisory Group (EAG) is The Alan Turing Institute’s review board for all research based at the Turing. The EAG both supports researchers in their work and protects the Institute by ensuring that Institute research is consistent with key ethical principles and best practices. Research proposals which are reviewed and approved by the EAG are considered ethically sound, and are therefore supported, by the Institute.

The guiding principles of the EAG are:

  • A dev-ops approach to the ethical appraisal of research projects, bringing researchers and reviewers together in an iterative and collaborative process.
  • Open educational resources, making all key guidance developed by The Alan Turing Institute openly available for reuse by any organisation that wishes to apply the framework to their own ethics review process.
  • Better science for all, enabling researchers to reflect on their work from the start, and facilitating smoother and faster projects that are clearer to communicate when published.


The EAG is made up of the Chair (Kirstie Whitaker) and four reviewers, as well as liaison members who serve as the link to stakeholders, such as programme managers and doctoral students. We also receive support from Institute staff.



Our goal is to empower researchers to carry out socially beneficial work. Applying for approval through the EAG offers researchers the opportunity to consider the implications of their work and address research ethics questions tailored to data science and AI that have not been traditionally assessed.

As active researchers ourselves, we understand that the boundless paperwork that accompanies asking an interesting scientific question can be frustrating. We also recognise that high ethical and scientific standards are essential for the work undertaken at the Institute due to the increasing impact that data science and AI have on modern life.

We are committed to working alongside researchers to deliver a streamlined ethics review process that ensures that the benefits and potential risks of research undertaken at the Institute are considered at the outset, allowing for research that is both ethical and socially beneficial.