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Our approach to professional ethics is unique

Located within The University of Notre Dame Australia, the Institute for Ethics & Society is a public-facing research institute, which aims to translate research outcomes into accessible and useful resources for industry.

The Institute values the insight and rigor of academic research and has developed considerable expertise in the field of professional ethics education that is practical and actionable for businesses. It is from this research that The University of Notre Dame Australia offers programs which support organisations to effectively address ethical issues and build robust ethical cultures.


We are committed to training leaders for ethical practice

Questions of ethical leadership, the distinction between compliance and professional ethics, and the challenge organisations face in prioritising ethical pathways in a competitive marketplace are addressed in the Institute for Ethics & Society’s training programs. We see the ethical challenges of a post-Hayne business environment as an opportunity for success. Our expertise is grounded in three unique areas:

Academic research: The Institute for Ethics & Society has research strengths in normative ethics and in applied and professional ethics, including business ethics, bioethics and healthcare ethics. We also specialise in the history of moral philosophy, the philosophy of character and virtue ethics, and in ethics education for the professions.

International collaborations: Our research and practice in professional ethics draws from leading researchers and innovators around the world.

Track-record of successful and diverse professional engagements: The Institute has been engaged to deliver ethics education training and consultancy by Government, commercial businesses and not-for-profits within a diverse range of industries.



“We believe institutions can prosper in a new age of accountability. Drawing on leading academic research in applied ethics, we work with organisations across society to foster greater ethical awareness in professional life.”

Dr John A. Rees (PhD, UNSW)

Director of the Institute for Ethics & Society and
Associate Professor of International Relations


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Contact the Institute for Ethics & Society
at ies@nd.edu.au

Additional services

The Institute can also be engaged by commercial organisations to deliver tailored services, including:

  • Keynote addresses at commercial and professional conferences
  • Seminars and workshops on specific ethical issues
  • Tailored advice
  • Coaching and mentoring

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“We partnered with the IES on a highly specific and innovative ethics education program in the hope that they would be able to help us measure its effectiveness in a meaningful way and give us concrete suggestions for improvement. They delivered on all of this and more by tailoring their expertise to suit our needs and ultimately delivering a high quality report, which has been an enormous help to the leadership of St Vincent’s as part of our broader ethics strategy. The staff at the IES have a high level of professionalism and mix this with a focus on adaptability and contextual sensitivity, which make them the perfect partners for work in professional ethics.”

Dr Dan Fleming

Group Manager Ethics & Formation | St Vincent’s Health Australia
Visiting Fellow | Faculty of Law | The University of Technology, Sydney
Associate Member | Law, Health and Justice Research Centre | The University of Technology, Sydney

Our People

Dr Annette Pierdziwol
BA Hons., GradCert Higher Ed., PhD

Annette is the Assistant Director of the IES and has a PhD in Philosophy.  Annette’s research focuses on the history of moral philosophy, especially during Enlightenment Europe. Annette has delivered professional ethics training in the tertiary education and not-for-profit sectors. She also has 3 years professional experience in executive roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Mr Xavier Symons
BA Adv. Hons., MA

Xavier’s research focuses on bioethics and professional healthcare ethics. He has worked on industry partnerships with several national healthcare providers, and is a past member of Northern Health’s Research and Governance Committee and the Austin Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee. He is regularly featured in the media commentating on contemporary ethical issues.

Mr Tim Smartt
BA Hons., MPhil

Tim’s research focuses on the nature of rational choice and rational belief. He has delivered professional ethics training in the state government, public school, and independent school sectors. He also has 3 years professional experience in the not-for-profit sector.

SUPPORT RESEARCH IN ETHICS

Fellowships | Awards | Collaborative Research

The Institute for Ethics & Society is a national institute of The University of Notre Dame Australia which focusses on collaborative research projects. We curate three active research programs in the areas of Moral Philosophy & Ethics Education (including Professional Ethics), Bioethics & Healthcare Ethics, and Religion & Global Ethics. We foster ethical awareness in social and professional life through academic research, public engagement, and ethics education.

Your organisation can give back to the community by supporting Fellowships and Prizes programs and by partnering with us in Collaborative Research projects.

To find out more contact ies@nd.edu.au

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Professional Ethics Training Packages

 
 


Fellowships

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Named Collaborative Fellowships

  • IES Ethicist in Residence Program – named Research Fellow in Professional & Applied Ethics, where the researcher spends half-time in residence with the supporting organization to deliver services such as lunchtime seminars, mentoring, a professional development schedule, and discussion and reading groups on professional and applied ethics.
  • IES Ethics Industry Secondment Program – secondment of an organizational employee to IES for a brief time to conduct industry specific ethics and work with the Institute of Ethics and Society to develop a project. IES researchers will assist with developing the project, and exploring further connections with the industry partner as a result of the initial research conducted in this period.

To find out more about how your organisation can support IES Fellowships contact ies@nd.edu.au


Awards

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Named Prizes

  • IES National Media Prize for Leadership in Public Ethics – named annual prize awarded for the best piece of media writing or media engagement nationally on the topic of professional and applied ethics. The supporting organization can choose a topic area, such as, Ethical Leadership in the Finance sector.
  • IES National Prize for Leadership in Professional Ethics - named annual prize recognising leadership in professional ethics practice within a commercial organisation.
  • IES National Research Prize for Professional & Applied Ethics – named annual prize awarded for the best piece of peer-reviewed research (article or book) in the area topic of professional and applied ethics. The supporting organization can choose a topic area; such as, Ethical Leadership in Finance sector.

To find out more about how your organisation can support IES Named Prizes and Awards contact ies@nd.edu.au

Collaborative Research

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Named Research Positions

  • IES Chair in Professional & Applied Ethics – named chair at the Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
  • IES Senior Research Fellow and /or IES Junior Research Fellow in Professional & Applied Ethics – named Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia for a period of 1-3 years, for a researcher to work at the Institute on research in professional ethics. Field of research can include: ethics in the financial sector, business ethics, ethical leadership, behavioural ethics and ethical decision making.
  • IES Summer Publication Fellowships in Professional & Applied Ethics – named fellows to work at the Institute for Ethics & Society over the Summer break period of the University (approx. December - March) to publish a either a book or journal article or media pieces in the area of ethics. Topics can include: finance, business and ethical leadership.

Industry-funded Research

  • Collaborative research with industry partner – ideal for organizations that have a research question they would like investigated. For example, to assess ethical competence or development over time of leadership or employees. Please contact us directly to discuss possibilities for industry-funded research collaborations on specific topics.

To find out more about how your organisation can support Collaborative Research contact ies@nd.edu.au