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Ethics and Research Governance

Ethics Approval

The University requires its research to be consistent with the principles of research ethics. The purpose of obtaining ethics approval is to show that researchers have thought about the ethical and legal implications of their research and will conduct their research in an ethical way.

The University in particular is guided by three specific basic ethical principles:

  • Respect the autonomy of human research subjects
  • Do no harm to researchers or human research subjects
  • Act justly towards those who contribute to your research

The aim of the University Ethics Panels is to facilitate research whilst protecting the University, researchers and research subjects. The dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of participants must be the primary consideration in any research study.  

Ethics applications take a minimum of 4-6 weeks to turn around and this should be considered with relation to deadlines and data collection.

Who needs ethics approval?

The University requires all research involving human participants, animals, human or animal tissue, or sensitive data conducted by its academic staff, research degree candidates and taught UG and PG students be subjected to ethics panels scrutiny. This means that most researchers within the University are required to apply for ethics approval from the relevant Ethics Panel before commencing data collection.

Applying for Ethics Approval