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

An assessment is usually the first step in determining whether further ethical review is required:

If it has been determined that your project requires Research Ethics Panel approval, the following application form should be completed: 

Research Ethics Panel Applications Form

We are happy to provide advice or review draft applications before they are submitted. Please note that where a project poses obvious ethical issues, you may skip the assessment stage and proceed to make an application directly to the Panel using the above application form.

Research Ethics Framework

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 your overseas travel intentions 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 your research involves NHS data, employees or on an NHS site, but no patients, then you will need to seek 'R&D' approval: R&D Approval Information 

    Notification of new projects must be communicated to the Ethics team, even where AU is not acting as the Sponsoring 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 for departments, seminars and lectures - please contact us with your requirements.