Our Research Office provides administrative and practical assistance for researchers, ensuring high quality support and development of our research activity.

Research Strategy

The University Research Strategy sets out our aims and objectives for research as an integral part of what we do. Our core commitment is to enhance our sustainable research environment and support the development of all researchers, particularly early career researchers through provision of quality training and skills development opportunities.

Research Strategy

Research Ethics

Ethical research practice is a fundamental principle at the University. All researchers undertaking research at or with the University are expected to refer to the Research Ethics Policy and Code of Practice for Research prior to the research taking place. An application must be made for ethical approval for any research project including human participants or other live subjects

Any projects involving research within the NHS in England must be undertaken through the Health Research Authority (HRA). Where this is required for a project, this supersedes the University ethics process. Details on HRA application can be found on the HRA website.

Ethics for staff and postgraduate research students

Ethics forms for staff and postgraduate research students to be submitted to research.office@cumbria.ac.uk:

Ethics for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

For undergraduate students and those on postgraduate taught programmes, ethical approval should be sought by submitting the form below through relevant departmental procedures (usually via programme lecturers or dissertation supervisor):

Research Ethics (Human) Application Form taught degree students

For animal research, taught students should use the main Research Ethics (Animals) application form.

Other Policies and Guidance for Researchers

The Code of Practice for Research applies to all researchers undertaking research at the University. For Postgraduate Research students, this must be read in conjunction with the Postgraduate Research Code of Practice.

The Code sets out the principles of good conduct in research to be adhered by, and directly supports the University’s commitment to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity (Universities UK, 2012). It also reflects our commitment to the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (2011).

The University also supports the principles of open access. The Open Access Policy sets the University’s expectation in relation to open access, and the requirements for eligibility for outputs in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). Use our research repository, Insight, to make your research openly accessible: submit your author accepted manuscript as soon as it's been accepted for publication.

The Research Office supports the principles of the University Lone Worker Policy. These should be read in conjunction with the Lone Worker Procedures for Researchers, which consider issues specific to undertaking research.


For any enquiries related to your research at the University of Cumbria, please get in touch with our Research Office:

Tel: 01524 590804

Email: research.office@cumbria.ac.uk