Faculty of Social Sciences

Research Ethics



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*. 

If any question in Section IV(A) are answered ‘yes’:

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

If any questions in Section IV(B) are answered ‘yes’:

If all questions in Section IV(A) and IV(B) are answered as ‘no’, send the completed and signed form to the Faculties Support Office.

Application Process for Ethical Approval of Research Projects flowchart

* Where a researcher has an existing project that requires amendment, then the original application should be resubmitted with changes tracked to show where it has been amended.

Complaints Procedure

Complaints from project participants should be resolved locally where possible in the first instance. If a satisfactory outcome is not achieved, then participants should be referred  to the Director of Research Services, Dr Simon Kerridge.






For guidance on the
application procedure,
please contact:

Alison Chapman, Administrator,
Faculties Support Office
telephone 01227 824570
Daiva Nacyte,
Administrative Co-ordinator,
Faculties Support Office
telephone 01227 824252

For guidance on
research ethics,
please contact:

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





Contact hsugo@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: 09/02/2017