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The Faculty of Social Sciences has developed a structure for the ethical review of research within the University's Research Ethics Framework.

This structure ensures that all research involving human subjects and/or their data is conducted in such a way to minimise risk to participants and researchers. The Faculty strives to make researchers aware of the potential ethical issues in carrying out research and that good practice is followed at all times.

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.

Chairs of subject specific research ethics committees and websites containing meeting dates and documentation, are as follows:

Other queries from members of the Faculty of Social Sciences relating to a research ethics review, including NHS NRES approvals and GREC activities, should be forwarded to the Research and Enterprise Services (REN) Project Officer for Social Sciences, Dr Svetlin Mitov (s.mitov@uea.ac.uk) in the first instance.