Research Ethics Review

As part of your ethics application, you will need to consider what legislation your project must abide by as well as College policies and directives.

In your application please provide a clear understanding of how ethical issues will be monitored over the course of the research activity or project. In addition please also consider how you will manage and monitor unforeseen issues.

You should record an ethical self assessment before commencing work on a new research project.

For staff research projects, the principal investigator (PI) should complete the online process; for postgraduate research projects, the student should complete with their supervisor. By undertaking an online self assessment, researchers will be guided as to whether ethical approval for their project is required and, if so, an automatic link to the online ethical review form will be generated.

Researchers who are directed to the ethical review stage will receive further guidance to inform them whether it is appropriate to either ‘self certify’ (where ethical issues are minimal) or submit to the University Research Ethics Committee (REC).

For UG and PGT students you will need to confirm with ypur school whether you are to complete the UG and PGT form avaialabe below or if your department wish for you to complete an internal form.



You will need to factor in sufficient time to gain ethical approval before the start date of your project.

We do our very best to approve applications in a timely manner, it is very important that reviewers a have sufficient time to fully review and application and associated documentation. Applications can take at least 3 weeks to review if there are no queries are raised by reviewers. If queries are raised by reviewers this can add to the 3 week time frame.

Useful Links

Undergraduate Research Ethics Review

Application process for Undergraduate students


Postgraduate Taught Research Ethics Review

Application process for Masters students

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Postgraduate Research Ethics review

Application process for PhD students


Academic Staff Research Ethics review

Application process for Academic Researcher

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