Research Ethics

All research, whether it involves human participants or not, should undergo ethical review at the point at which a proposal has been finalised (such as interviews, surveys, audio or audio-visual recording and participant observation).

An assessment must be carried out for all research proposals through the new online form. This will be forwarded onto your department for consideration to decide whether an application should be made to the relevant Research Ethics Panel (REP).

Research proposals involving the use of animals must instead be submitted to the University’s ‘Home Office Named Information Officer’ to check compliance under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. More information can be found here: Research Ethics - Animals



Research Ethics Assessment & Application Form

  • Access the online form HERE

Useful Documents for Staff & Students

Research Ethics Panel Meeting Dates

Contact us

  •  If you have any questions or queries, please contact:

  01970 621694



Additional Resources:


  • Check the latest travel advice and register for overseas insurance here: Travelling abroad?

  • Does your research involve the NHS (inc. its premises, data or patients), prisons, tissue, those lacking mental capacity or any branch of the MOD?

    Do you need external (Health Research Authority) approval?

    If you are looking to work with NHS data, employees or on an NHS site, you will need to seek 'R&D' approval: R&D Approval Information 

    You will need to register your project with us, even if AU is not acting as the Sponsor Organisation. We recommend that this process is commenced as early as possible with the support of the Ethics Team.

  • We run a number of courses and workshops for a variety of levels of experience bookable through CDSAP: Research ethics training opportunities.

    We are also able to offer bespoke sessions; please contact us with your requirements.