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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.
Details of the review process including details of which forms should be completed are available in the four sections below, depending on whether you are a member of staff, a student or an external researcher.
Please refer to the Code of Practice for Research Ethics for Research Involving Human Participants. Specific procedures for research ethics review are available to each category of researcher in the link boxes below. Guidelines for seeking informed consent and creating a participant information sheet are also available.
UREC has a multi-disciplinary membership that includes academic researchers (staff and students) from across the Faculties and non-research lay members from within and outside the University. The committee is also responsible for ensuring that Faculties have approved procedures in place for the ethics review of projects undertaken within their Faculty. Research Ethics Officers provide an annual report to UREC on ethics review in their Faculty and UREC in turn provides an annual report to the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee which is included in the Pro Vice-Chancellor's report to the Board of Governors.
Faculties are required to appoint a Faculty Research Ethics Officer who represents their Faculty on UREC and who is responsible for ensuring that appropriate procedures for research ethics review are in place and followed. One Directorate Research Ethics Officer is appointed to review research undertaken by Directorate staff.
The University has a procedure to allow appeals against the decisions of UREC and further details are available from the appeals webpage.