Procedure for submission of applications for ethical review

Identify any ethical issues raised by the research and discuss these with your supervisor/research team. Identify the correct pathway for ethics approval by following this decision support tree.

Complete an application on the Standard Ethical Approval pro-forma and send it, with any additional documents as a single document, Word or PDF, electronically to the administrator of the committee. Applications received no later than two weeks before a scheduled meeting will be considered. For guidance on ethical issues related to specific research approaches see this list of FAQs. Applications will then be made available to committee members.

A committee member will be nominated by the Chair to present the application at the relevant meeting (to summarise the application, and any relevant points).

The application will then be considered by the committee during the meeting. You are not usually required to attend.

A decision will be reached. This will be that the application has been: (a) approved, (b) approved pending chair’s action, (c) judged in need of revision and resubmission, or (d) not approved. The Chair will convey the decision to the applicant within 5 working days.

Do not submit a separate research proposal as this will not be reviewed - all information must be included in the application form.

Contact us

Use the links on the side to find further information, or contact the Committee's administrator, Dr Rachel Bird on or 01792 295280.