Research Ethics at Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is committed to rigorous ethics standards in all research undertaken by staff and students.

Oxford Brookes University requires research ethics review for all research and consultancy undertaken by staff and students wherever research and related activities involve human participants, material or personal data. The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) is the parent committee responsible for overseeing research ethics for the University. Two Sub-Committees report to UREC - The Cross-Faculty Research Ethics Sub-Committee (CRES) and the Health & Social Care Research Ethics Sub-Committee (HSCRES) - both of which meet 12 times a year to specifically review research involving human participants and ensure that the dignity, rights, safety, inclusivity and well-being of all participants are given primary consideration. 

Increased demands for greater public scrutiny and accountability mean that studies involving human participants, human material or personal data are formally reviewed by individuals who are independent of the research. For detailed information please refer to the University Code of Practice for Research Ethics for Research Involving Human Participants.

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For further information, if you are an external researcher looking to undertake collaborative research with the University, or if you wish to report any ethical concerns related to an Oxford Brookes University research study please contact

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