What is informed consent?
Informed consent, also known as valid consent entails giving sufficient information about the research and ensuring that there is no explicit or implicit coercion (see below) so that prospective participants can make an informed and free decision on their possible involvement.
ESRC Framework for Research Ethics (FRE) 2010 Updated September 2012
Consent must be obtained before participation in the research activity begins, Information sheets must clearly demonstrate the research activity they are consenting to.
All participants must be informed of how you will use their data, data should kept in a secure space in line with our data protection and data management policy. Applicants data should be anonymised, additional applicants must be informed if data is to be shared or re-used.
If you are unable to gain consent in written form please discuss suitable alternatives with your supervisor or HoD.
Example information sheets (pdf, word) and consent forms (pdf, word) are available
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On 25 May 2018 a new piece of European legislation came into force in the UK which is known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new legislation puts the indivdual's rights at the heart of all data processing and requires us to be more transparent and accountable about how we process individual data.
Please consult RHUL guidance:
URKI have provided useful information: