Procedures and processes Procedures and processes

All UEA employed staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students who are undertaking research involving human participants are required to follow the UEA ethics procedures. This is to ensure that research is of public benefit and is conducted in a way that respects the dignity, rights, and welfare of participants, and minimises risk to participants, researchers, and third parties.

The EDU Research Ethics Committee

All EDU staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students undertaking any research involving human participants must obtain ethical approval from the EDU Ethics Committee before they begin their research. The chair of the EDU Ethics Committee is Dr Kate Russell (

Full membership of the EDU Ethics Committee 2017 - 2018.

Applications to the EDU Research Ethics Committee

There is an EDU ethics application form which we expect you to use. Please read the instructions on the form and the guidance notes before completing your application. Please ensure documents for obtaining informed consent are included with your submission. Templates for obtaining informed consent have been developed by the EDU committee and these must be used by students on undergraduate and MA taught courses. Staff and PGR students may wish to use or adapt these for their own research. You can find these under 'Templates' in the menu on the left hand side.

All students must discuss ethical procedures with their supervisor or tutor and seek their approval before submitting an application to the EDU Ethics Committee. Students should check submission procedures with supervisors or tutors as these vary across taught courses. 

Staff and PGR (PhD and EdD) Research Ethics Application forms must be sent to the EDU Administrator ( and Kate Russell ( at least two weeks prior to each meeting. Please see submission timetable below. Submissions must include all relevant documentation including: information and consent forms, letters of invitation, data collection methods(e.g interview questions, surveys/questionnaires, observation checklists etc.) Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Please send your ethics application and ALL supporting documents as one PDF document.

EDU Research Ethics Handbook (2013)

More detailed information about research ethics can be found in the EDU Research Ethics Handbook.

EDU Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates 2017 - 2018

The EDU Ethics Committee will meet on the following dates:

Submit applications by

Committee meeting date

30th August 2017

13th September 2017

27th September 2017

11th October 2017

1st November 2017

15th November 2017

29th November 2017

13th December 2017

3rd January 2018

17th January 2018

31st January 2018

14th February 2018

28th February 2018

14th March 2018

28th March 2018

11th April 2018

2nd May 2018

16th May 2018

30th May 2018

13th June 2018

27th June 2018

11th July 2018

All meetings will take place from 1pm - 3pm in EDU Room 1.26

Further research ethics information and documentation can be found at the following websites:

The Faculty of Social Sciences:

ESRC Website:

BERA Website:

2010 ethics and resources