In 2014 the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) commissioned Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS) to undertake work to help OLT grant-holders and fellows avoid unnecessary difficulties and delays during research ethics review. The OLT contracted AHRECS to produce a resource manual to support the ethical conduct of the research that it funded. It also wanted to assist other Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) researchers and research ethics reviewers.

The AHRECS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Ethics Manual consists of six booklets that include academic references, recommended reading and prompts for ethical reflections. The booklets are practically focused and incorporate examples of problems and suggested strategies.

The Manual is available from the OLT web site, and a copy is hosted on the AHRECS site.

Booklet 01 SoTL Manual: Research ethics and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Booklet 02 SoTL Manual: Ethics review and grant or fellowship funded research

Booklet 03 SoTL Manual: Risks and benefits in SoTL research

Booklet 04 SoTL Manual: Recruitment and consent in SoTL research

Booklet 05 SoTL Manual: Privacy and confidentiality in SoTL funded research

Booklet 06 SoTL Manual: Ethical challenges and practical strategies


The six booklets of the SoTL Manual are provided online as *.docx on an open license basis for use by researchers, research ethics reviewers, research office staff, and institutions.

AHRECS consultants have been working in the human research ethics and research integrity spheres in Australia and New Zealand for over 30 years. We also have a long-standing connection to the OLT and its predecessor organisations, having received fellowships, grants, consultancies and national teaching awards as well as contributing though our activities as reviewers, assessors and committee members. You can find out more about our work at where you will also find further resources to support ethical research and research ethics review.