Apply for research ethics approval

Ethical approval is needed for all research and consultancy undertaken by University staff and students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) wherever research and related activities involves human participants or raises ethical issues. Ethical issues should be considered early on in the planning process and approval must be obtained before the start of a research project.

University ethical review

The University has internal protocols for the review and approval of research involving human participants. These protocols are based on the principles set out in the Code of Practice for Research Ethics and apply to all research involving human participants undertaken under the University's auspices. Researchers are encouraged to consult the Code of Practice before applying for ethical approval.

The only exceptions to this rule are research projects which are subject to specific statutory or regulatory ethical review requirements, such as research involving NHS patients.

Apply for Ethical Approval

Staff and students in the School of Psychology should review the School's guidance on the application procedure before applying for ethical approval of research.

Staff and students/postgraduates applying for ethical approval of research involving human participants should follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Online Ethical Approval Form using your University username prefixed by 'uol\' (e.g. "uol\abc123") and your password.
  2. Complete the application and submit this to your Departmental Ethics Officer (staff) or academic supervisor (students/postgraduates). Please remember:
  • applications must be submitted in good time before the planned start of the research and research cannot commence until approval has been given
  • you must contact your Departmental Ethics Officer/academic supervisor for advice first if you have not previously used the online form

This page contains and explanation of the review system for both staff and students.

NHS Research Ethics Committee review

If the proposed research involves NHS patients, service users or material such as tissue, or information collected from such people, the research will need to be reviewed by an NHS Research Ethics Committee. Approval by an NHS Research Ethics Committee is also required for all clinical and some social care research (including research involving adults who lack mental capacity).

MODREC review

If the research is sponsored or funded by the Ministry of Defence, the research will require approval from the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committees (MODREC), in addition to approval from the University Ethics Review Committee.

Review of research involving animals

Research which involves the use of animals is dealt with separately to the University's ethical review system for research involving human participants. All such research requires review by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body, even if this work is below the threshold requiring regulation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.



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