Faculty of Social Sciences

Research Ethics



During term time we aim to process a research ethics application within two weeks, however during vacation periods and busy times (e.g. exams and marking period) it can take up to four weeks.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is submitted in good time.

The majority of Schools in the Faculty of Social Sciences operate their own Research Ethics Committees to consider ethical approval of research projects involving human participants. Therefore, ethical approval tends to be dealt with at School level. However, all ESRC funded projects that involve human participants should be considered by the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Ethics Advisory Group (REAG). The REAG can also offer guidance to School Committees and deal with non-ESRC funded projects if required.

If you wish to make an application you must complete an Ethics Review Checklist for Research with Human Participants prior to initiating your project.
A summary of the research must be provided with all checklists.
Where a researcher has an existing project that requires amendment, then the original application should be resubmitted with tracked changes to show where it has been amended.  


If you answered 'yes' to any questions in Section IV(A)

  • Contact Nicole Palmer (University Research Ethics & Governance Officer) for advice
  • Send a copy of ethical approval to the Faculties Support Office, once received

If you answered 'yes' to any questions in Section IV(B), IV(C) and/or IV(D)

If you answered 'no' to all questions in Sections IV(A), IV(B), IV(C) and IV(D)

  • Send the completed and signed checklist to the Faculties Support Office by emailing it to fsoethics@kent.ac.uk






For guidance on the
application procedure,
please contact:

Daiva Nacyte or
Harriette Frewin-Clarke
telephone 01227 824570

For guidance on
research ethics,
please contact:

Nicole Palmer, University
Research Ethics and
Governance Officer
telephone 01227 824797





Contact csao@kent.ac.uk for undergraduate administration, fso@kent.ac.uk for Faculty matters & student appeals.

Social Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

Last Updated: 09/03/2018