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Ethical guidelines

Research projects at the university cover a diverse and wide ranging list of topics and themes and it is important to recognise that, whatever the research topic, there will be issues that relate to ethical practices. No research involving human or animal subjects should be undertaken by doctoral candidates or university staff without the approval of the Ethics Advisory Panel. Applications for ethical approval from the Ethics Advisory Panel should be submitted to Sonia Barnes in the Research Office. Application forms and guidance can be found below.

HRA - Online guidance on consent and participant information sheets
The Health Research Authority has updated online guidance on consent and participant information sheets.
The guidance includes information on:
• The principles of consent (both ethical and legal).
• How the principles relate to preparation and use of a Participant Information Sheet (PIS) and consent form.
• Recommended content of a PIS and consent form.
• Design and style of an effective PIS and consent form.

The HRA are also intending to issue a consultation on proportionate consent processes in the near future.
Find out more: www.hra-decisiontools.org.uk/consent/index.html  

(NB For undergraduate and M Level students, ethical approval is sought through module tutors and Faculty procedures)

Staff and Postgraduate Researchers

Here you will find examples of good practice for consent forms and participant information sheets:

Guidelines for ethical practice at UoC:

The following information may also be useful depending upon the nature of the proposed research:


Taught Degrees (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)


Research Involving Animals