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  • Research ethics

    Increased demands for greater public scrutiny and accountability mean that studies involving human participants should be formally reviewed by individuals who are independent of the research.

    Research ethics review is required for all research and consultancy undertaken by University staff and students wherever research and related activities involve human participants. Research studies should ensure that the dignity, rights, safety, inclusivity and well-being of all participants are given primary consideration. 

    Oxford Brookes University is committed to maintaining high ethical standards in the research undertaken by staff and students. The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) has specific responsibility for reviewing research undertaken by staff (both in Faculties and Directorates) and research students (registered for MPhil/PhD, PhD, EdD or other professional doctoral programmes), whilst the review of research by Undergraduate and Taught Masters students is devolved to the Faculties.

    UREC meets 12 times a year from September to July; available meeting slots and dates are shown below . Allow plenty of time for the application to be reviewed at Faculty / Directorate level before it is submitted to UREC for full review. Your application will only be confirmed for review once the final, signed documentation has been received by the UREC office.

    In order for the committee to review research studies requiring ethics approval effectively, a maximum of 12 applications will be considered at each meeting. This maximum number of applications cannot be increased due to timescale and pressure on committee members.

    Please refer to the Code of Practice for Research Ethics for Research Involving Human Participants and to the University Research Ethics Committee and Guidelines for informed consent to promote good practice and to conduct formal ethics review of research. Should your research include the use of security sensitive material, please refer to the security sensitive webpage and Guidance Policy.

    Research Ethics Officers for 2018-2019


  • Next Committee Date

    23 January 2019

    There are currently 9 slots available for research ethics review at the 23 January meeting

    UREC meeting dates and application deadlines

    Applications must be signed by the research team and passed to the relevant Research Ethics Officer to be approved and signed off. Please allow time for amendments. Once signed off at Faculty / Directorate level the final version of the application and supporting documents should be sent to the UREC office. A digital copy will be accepted if all the signatures are in place and the paperwork is in one document - multiple documents cannot be accepted electronically. For hard copy applications, please ensure that they are printed all double-sided or all single-sided (not a mixture of both) and do not staple the original copy as it will be scanned.

    Your application will only be confirmed for review once the final, signed documentation has been received by the UREC office.