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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 that involves human
participants, data or material prior to the commencement of data collection undertaken by staff (in Directorates as well as Faculties) and research students (registered for MPhil/PhD, PhD, EdD or other professional doctoral programmes). The
review of research by Undergraduate and Taught Masters students that involves human participants is devolved to the Faculties and is reviewed prior to the commencement of any data collection. The
Faculty/Department Research Ethics Officer should be contacted to confirm the correct procedure.
Research data containing personal information is subject to the same legal requirements as any other personal information. (Also there may be other legal considerations such as intellectual property, copyright or design rights to think about).
Participants must be informed of processing activities, how their data will be used and what their rights' are. In collaboration with the Information Compliance Team, UREC have produced a GDPR-compliant
privacy notice template for researchers. Should the data subject withdraw their consent for use of
their personal information at any time and this has implications for the validity of the research, the researcher is advised to seek the advice of the IT Services Information Management team.
Guidelines for seeking informed consent and creating
a participant information sheet are also available. Should your research include the use of security sensitive material, please refer to the
security sensitive webpage and
The relevant research ethics forms and templates are available in the links below for each level of review.
All documents are subject to ongoing review. Please always refer to the website (rather than locally stored versions) for the current versions of guidance documents, procedures and application forms.