Health and Life Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC)

  • The Health and Life Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee receives and reviews applications from all Departments across the Faculty where submission to the NHS National Research Ethics Service (NRES) or other external Research Ethics Committee is required or where the research involves private patients. In order to meet the requirements of the NRES, both the scientific and ethical dimension of the research are reviewed.

    The FREC comprises members drawn from each Department across the Faculty to ensure discipline-specific knowledge and methodological proficiency in addition to expertise in ethics review.

    Research* involving the NHS, Social Care and private patients

    Applications involving past or present NHS or Social Care service users including their relatives and carers, tissue samples or information should be forwarded to the Faculty Research Ethics Review Committee (via Hazel Abbott) for review and approval (using the IRAS application form), before they are submitted to the National Research Ethics Service.

    Applications to conduct research with private patients should be forwarded to the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (via Kellie Tune) for review and approval (using the E2U application form).

    *Please note: The NRES reviews only applications for research. Applications for clinical audit or service evaluation within the NHS or Social Care should be submitted to the FREC using the E2U application form (for service evaluation) or the E2A (audit) form for clinical audit

    Non-NHS / Social Care research

    Applications from Undergraduate and MSc students (using the E1 and E2 forms) should be sent to the relevant Departmental Research Ethics Officer (DREO) for review. 

    Departmental Research Ethics Officers

    Jo Brett
    (or frec@brookes.ac.uk for applications)
    01865 482696
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Emma Davies or Clare Rathbone
    • Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development
    Anne Delextrat
    01865 483610
    • Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
    • Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
    • Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
    Sue Schutz or frec@brookes.ac.uk
    01865 488125
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Kellie Tune
    01865 485276
    • Faculty Research Ethics Officer

     Download Faculty Research Ethics Handbook (PDF)