University Ethics and Integrity Committee and supporting Ethics Committees

An overview of the University's system of ethics officers and committees

The University has a number of Research Ethics Committees (RECs) that consider applications for approval. These report to the central University Ethics and Integrity Committee (UEIC). Every school and department within the University has at least one departmental ethics officer. Departmental ethics officers are responsible for advising researchers on ethical issues and are usually members of an Ethics Committee.

Departmental Ethics Officers

Find your departmental ethics officer using our directory:

  • Criminology, and Education
  • Media, Communication and Sociology
  • School of Business
  • School of Psychology
  • Science & Engineering and Arts, Humanities and Law

Research Ethics Committees

The six Research Ethics Committees are:

The Research Ethics Committees provide ethical scrutiny of research projects which involve more than minimal risk to human participants. Usually, this will be on the basis of the Online Ethical Approval Form submitted by the researcher, though applicants may request to make applications in person and the committees may request researchers attend in order to clarify details on an application.

In exceptional cases the Research Ethics Committees may refer an application on to the University Ethics and Integrity Committee for scrutiny. If a Committee declines an application, the applicant has the right to appeal this decision to the University Ethics and Integrity Committee.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Terms of Reference for the Research Ethics Committees

University Ethics and Integrity Committee

The University Ethics and Integrity Committee,  oversees the ethical approval system at the University, provides guidance on ethical issues and is responsible for the development of the Research Ethics Code of Practice. It also scrutinises research projects which have been referred from Ethics Committees in exceptional cases and considers appeals from researchers whose projects have been declined by Ethics Committees.

The University Research Ethics Committee reports to the Research Strategy, Policy and Performance Committee, which has overall responsibility on the behalf of Senate for the University’s research strategy.

To contact the University Ethics Committee please email

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Terms of Reference for the University Ethics and Integrity Committee

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