University Ethical Review

The University’s ethical review process applies to all new staff led research and all new postgraduate student research projects (for postgraduate research students registered on or after 1st September 2008).

Undergraduates and taught postgraduate students are not subject to the University’s ethical review process, but should seek advice from their respective School or Department. Applications for undergraduate student or taught postgraduate student studies may be reviewed on request.

For both staff-led and PGR student projects, the initial stage of the ethical review process is to complete and submit the online University Ethical Review of Research Self Assessment Form (SAF), which indicates whether an Application for Ethical Review Form (AER) should then be submitted for further review.

The SAF and AER forms, and the forms required to renew or amend an AER can be found on the Ethical Review Forms page.

Specific guidance about the ethical review process for PGR student projects and for staff projects, and FAQs about the ethical review process can be downloaded by clicking on the links in to the right.

Please note that research which is subject to review via the NRES system or involves animals will not require further ethical review via the central University process once a Self Assessment Form has been completed, but will require ethical approval from the appropriate body (either NRES or BERSC/the Home Office, respectively).

Diagram outlining the University's ethical review process.

Guidance for PGR student applicants

Guidance for staff applicants

Ethical review process FAQs