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Ethics and Research Governance

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You should send your Taught ethics application to your supervisor who will forward it to the Ethics Research Centres Team/to the relevant email address below:

School of Arts & Media
A&M-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

Salford Business School
SBS-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of the Built Environment
S&T-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Computing, Science & Engineering
S&T-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Environment & Life Sciences
S&T-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Health Sciences
Health-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Health-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk

You should send your Research (see definition) ethics application to your supervisor who will forward it to the Ethics Research Centres Team/relevant email address below:

School of Arts & Media
A&M-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

Salford Business School
SBS-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of the Built Environment
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Computing, Science & Engineering
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Environment & Life Sciences
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Health Sciences
Health-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Health-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

You should send your ethics application to Ethics Research Centres Team/to the relevant email address below:

School of Arts & Media
A&M-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

Salford Business School
SBS-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of the Built Environment
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Computing, Science & Engineering
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Environment & Life Sciences
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Health Sciences
Health-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Health-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk

Please ensure you have completed the checklist and attached all the documents with your application.

If you are a student, you should contact your supervisor in the first instance for advice on completing your ethics application.
If you are a member of staff, you should contact the Chair of Ethics in your School in the first instance and then contact the relevant ethics inbox below:

School of Arts & Media
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Dr Samantha Newbery
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
A&M-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278
School of Arts & Media
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: Dr Maggie Scott
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
A&M-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278
Salford Business School
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Prof David Percy
Administrator: Rachel Lilley
SBS-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 53362
Salford Business School
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: Dr Shane Sullivan
Administrator: Rachel Lilley
SBS-TaughtEthics@salford.a.c.uk
Tel: 0161 295 53362
School of the Built Environment
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Prof Mohammed Arif
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278
School of the Built Environment
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: TBA
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278
School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Prof Mohammed Arif
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278
School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: TBA
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278
School of Environment & Life Sciences
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Prof Mohammed Arif
m.arif@salford.ac.uk
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278

School of Environment & Life Sciences
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: TBA
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278                  

School of Environment & Life Sciences
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Prof Mohammed Arif
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278

School of Environment & Life Sciences
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: TBA
Administrator: Nathalie Audren Howarth
S&T-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 5278                  

School of Health Sciences and the School of Health and Society
Research Ethics Panel
Chair: Dr Sue McAndrew
Administrator: Matt Byng
Health-ResearchEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 2067
School of Health Sciences and the School of Health and Society
Taught Ethics Panel
Chair: Dr John McMahon
Administrator: Julie Connett
Health-TaughtEthics@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 7012

If you are a completing a Taught Ethics Application form, you should include your name and your supervisor’s name where the application form requests it.

If you are completing a Research Ethics Application form, you should not include your name, the name of your supervisor or co-researchers. Research Ethics Applications should be fully anonymised and should not include the researcher or supervisor’s name in the document titles, any email threads or the application itself.

If you are completing a Taught Ethics Application form, you should include your supervisor’s name and yours where the application form requests it.

If you are completing a Research Ethics Application form, you should not include your supervisor’s name, your name or any co-researcher’s names.

You should visit this page, then click on your School.

If you are a student, your supervisor should submit your ethics application when they are happy it is fully completed and allowing a minimum of 4-6 weeks turnaround.

If you are a member of staff, you should submit your ethics application allowing a minimum of 4-6 weeks before you need to start your research.

If your ethics application has been rejected, you should read the feedback and make the necessary changes. You can then resubmit an application once the required changes have been made and agreed by your supervisor.

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Yes. Depending on the nature of the pilot study a separate application can be submitted for that part of the study and then a subsequent application submitted for the main or later stage, where findings from the pilot study will determine how the main study is managed. Alternatively one application can be submitted to cover both the pilot and main study.

Topics or illustrative/guide questions will need to be provided, normally in the form of an interview schedule.

You are advised to allow 4-6 weeks to gain approval in case conditions are set that need meeting, or further clarification is needed by the ethics committee.

Any prospective participant needs to have sufficient information to enable them to make a decision as to whether to participate or not. Therefore, as well as what the research is about, you need to include details such as - what they will be asked to do, how long their involvement will last, who the research is for, the researchers/investigators involved, financial considerations, any potential harm/distress and any other pertinent information to allow anybody to make decision to be involved. You also need to ensure that you include details on withdrawal from the research, clearly specifying whether withdrawal can happen at any point, or should have happened by a certain point beyond which it is not allowable. Clarity is the key.

There are instances where written consent may not be possible and/or appropriate (e.g. public observation; ethnographic research). If this applies to your project please provide full details explaining what the circumstances are that do not allow written consent; or where the research will be compromised if written consent is requested.

Some projects require that the participants are not told at the start what the actual research aim is for the activity that the participant is asked to do, as to do so would compromise and distort the results. E.g. someone researching violence or aggression may not tell his/her participants that is what is being done, as it would compromise their response. In these circumstances, a debrief sheet is required and should be provided to participants at the end of their involvement to ensure that they are aware of the real reasons for the research, and are still happy to have their data considered.

Failing to anonymise your applications (Research applicants only)

Lack of detail - As a researcher you will know your project in minute detail – an ethics committee can only work with the information you provide, they cannot make assumptions, so always provide exact details.

Missing documentation – If a document is referred to in your ethics form (e.g. information sheet, poster/advert, etc.) please make sure that this is also submitted

On participant information sheets or recruitment communications, don’t use phrases that presume participation, i.e. Dear Participant!

When communicating with proposed participants restrict the use of technical jargon or professional acronym.  Where these are necessary, provide an explanation and always use lay terms – get someone from outside your discipline to read and check that they understand everything!

Don’t make claims regarding the benefits of the work that cannot be demonstrated, far better to state that there are no direct benefits to participants  

If the activity or subject matter is likely to be distressing – provide more detail on specifically what will be distressing, so that a participant can make a fully informed decision. Remember also to include details of help and support information (web links, contacts, etc.) and where possible make sure expert help is on hand (don’t offer to provide support yourself if you are not qualified – and, even if you are, you will have  conflict of interest so ensure that your participants are referred elsewhere)

Typing and grammatical errors – get colleagues, friends, family to proofread.

Omitting a Risk Assessment Form (mandatory for all Health Research applications)