All research undertaken in the Faculty (including that carried out by students in the course of their studies) involving human subjects and/or their data is subject to ethical review by a subject-specific research ethics committee or their representative before any data collection commences. Complex cases and those where conflict of interest is identified are referred to the University Research Ethics Committee. The only exceptions are those proposed projects involving National Health Service patients, staff or property and which require separate NHS National Research Ethics Service review.
Particular attention is given to the availability of information and informed consent, assurances of anonymity, secure data storage, conduct of covert observation, interaction with vulnerable people, participant and researcher safety, use of biological samples, cultural issues, and compliance with the Data Protection Act.
Full details of the University’s ethics policy and procedures are available from the University’s Research Ethics portal page.