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University research ethics review is not required when data collection is not for 'research' and when the involvement of human beings is not that of 'participants'. The following is a checklist to determine whether the research needs to come to UREC, please speak to your Faculty Research Ethics Officer if you are in any doubt. Please note, this only applies to staff, PhD students are required to submit a full application to UREC for any studies involving the participation of humans in their study.
Does your research consist wholly of:
A brief outline of the study making it clear that no data from human participants are being gathered for research purposes should be forwarded to your Research Ethics Officer, along with the completed downloadable form which they should sign off. A copy of the completed form should be given to the UREC Administrator for the file.
NB - it is for the Research Ethics Officer, not the researcher, to decide whether the proposal requires UREC approval.