Ethical review is mandatory for all research conducted by staff, students and associates of UEA which involves human participants (or their tissue or data) and animals, or which may have the potential to affect the environment or cultural objects. 

 

The HUM Ethics Committee (S-REC) was established to ensure that research conducted in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities meets generally accepted ethical principles and any legal requirements. (Please note that applications involving research with animals should be referred to the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board.) 

 

Further information about other sub-committees and their requirements can be found on the Research Ethics Subcommittees page

 

Do I need ethics review and permission for my project? 

If you are based in a School within HUM and are planning research which involves human participants (or their tissue or data) and animals, or which may have the potential to affect the environment or cultural objects, you are required to submit an application for ethics review and obtain permission to proceed through G-REC before any of the research starts. 

 

Who is responsible for obtaining ethics review and permission? 

The lead academic researcher (PI), or the student undertaking the work, is responsible for obtaining review and permission for their own project. 

 

When should I submit my application for ethics review and permission? 

You must apply for ethics review and permission before any of the research starts. This means you must not begin to contact potential participants or start your data collection until ethical permission has been granted. 

 

How do I apply for ethics permission? 

All Students: Complete the HUM Ethics & Governance Application Form for Research Projects and submit to hum.ethics@uea.ac.uk along with: 

  • a research protocol - this is a description of your research, details of how you plan to conduct your research, and should include any ethical or governance/management considerations you believe are appropriate to your study. If relevant, it should include details of how informed consent will be secured and documented; 

  • copies of consent forms you plan to use; 

  • participant information sheets you plan to use; 

  • any other relevant information about your project. 

 

Staff (Ethical approval for own research): Complete the HUM Ethics & Governance Application Form for Research Projects and submit to hum.ethics@uea.ac.uk along with: 

  • a research protocol - this is a description of your research, details of how you plan to conduct your research, and should include any ethical or governance/management considerations you believe are appropriate to your study. If relevant, it should include details of how informed consent will be secured and documented; 

  • copies of consent forms you plan to use; 

  • participant information sheets you plan to use; 

  • any other relevant information about your project. 

Staff (Clearance at module-level for research exercises to be undertaken by students): Complete the HUM Ethics & Governance Module-based Application Form and submit to hum.ethics@uea.ac.uk along with examples of any consent forms, participant information sheets, or other relevant documents.A module form must be completed for every module clearance is being sought, do not group modules together on one form.  Please note that module clearance cannot be provided for dissertations, for which students must seek ethical approval individually.  

Your application will be reviewed by the HUM Ethics Committee and will be either approved to proceed or referred for full review. If your project needs full review you will be given advice on what to do next from the Secretary or one of the Committee members. 

Please remember that you must not begin to contact potential participants or start your data collection until you receive confirmation from the Committee that your ethics application is approved.

 

How long will it take for my application to be reviewed? 

For UG and PGT students: We will aim to get an initial response to you within 10 working days. Projects requiring full review and more complex cases may take longer to resolve. Projects submitted without the full information can also take longer. You should submit your initial application together with all relevant paperwork as early as possible, particularly if overseas fieldwork is involved, to avoid any delay to your project. 

 

For PGR students and Staff: Your application should be submitted to the committee at least two weeks prior to each meeting (see submission dates below). Ensure that you submitt the application and all the relevant paperwork as early as possible to the comittee. After the committee meeting the S-Rec secretary will contact you with further information. 

 

Can I talk to someone about my application? 

If your question relates to the ethical nature of your project, please contact the HUM Ethics Committee representative for your School: Membership of the HUM Ethics Committee. 

If your question relates to the ethics clearance process please contact hum.ethics@uea.ac.uk.

 

HUM Ethics Committee Meeting Dates 2019-20

The Committee will meet on the following dates:

Submit applications by Committee Meeting Date
2nd October 16th October
13th November 27th November
15th January 29th January
26th February 11th March
29th April 13th May
10th June 24th June

 

Links and useful documents 

If you have found other useful links which may be of help to others, please email hum.ethics@uea.ac.ukand let us know. 

  

HUM Ethics Committee documents