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’:
- Complete full application form
- Send to the Faculties Support Office for review by the Research Ethics Advisory Group (REAG) together with the required supporting documentation
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.
* 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 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.
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