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Research Ethics

Research Ethics Committee and the central Research Ethics Panels

Research Ethics Committee (REC)

REC is responsible on behalf of Senate to promote best ethical practice in relation to research and research-related activities and for establishing, promoting, implementing and monitoring university-wide  Research Ethics Code of Practice  (which informs local practices and procedures across the University). REC considers ethical issues related to research and research-related activities brought to its attention by the Research Ethics Panels, researchers and the wider university community. REC does not review individual research ethics checklists.

REC comprises both staff and independent lay members and meets 3 times a year.

Research Ethics Panels (REPs)

The central REPs are responsible on behalf of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) to review and approve research ethics applications from postgraduate researchers (high risk) and staff to ensure best ethical practice is adhered to in relation to research activities. Panels comprise both staff and independent lay members.  (Low risk applications submitted by staff are allocated for light touch reviews outside physical panel meetings and are conducted via email).  For further information on what constitutes high risk – click here.

The deadline for ethics checklists submitted online is noted against each meeting date listed - see useful documents in the sidebar.  Please ensure your paperwork is submitted on time as submissions are sent to Panel members 5 working days ahead of each Panel meeting for review.  Late submissions will be deferred to the following month.

Panel meetings are not held in August. 

  • The next meeting of the Social Science  & Humanities Research Ethics Panel will take place 14 April 2021. Please note the deadline for applications - download 'SSH REP Meeting dates'.  Checklists received after the deadline will be deferred for review until the following month.
  • The next meeting of the Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panel will take place 28 April 2021. Please note the deadline for applications - download 'STH REP Meeting dates'.  Checklists received after the deadline will be deferred for review until the following month.