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 2016 - 2017.

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 2016 - 2017

The EDU Ethics Committee will meet on the following dates:

Submit applications by

Committee meeting date

22nd June 2016

6th July 2016

31st August 2016

14th September 2016

28th September 2016

12th October 2016

26th October 2016

9th November 2016

23rd November 2016

7th December 2016

4th January 2017

18th January 2017

1st February 2017

15th February 2017

1st March 2017

15th March 2017

29th March 2017

12th April 2017

26th April 2017

10th May 2017

24th May 2017

7th June 2017

21st June 2017

5th July 2017

All meetings will take place from 1:30pm - 3:30pm in EDU Room 1.26

EDU Research Ethics Committee Report 2012 - 13

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