Research Ethics Subcommittees (S-RECs) Research Ethics Subcommittees (S-RECs)

The University of East Anglia has 10 Research Ethics Subcommittees that can review projects undertaken by UEA staff or students.

If your project involves animal research (see below) please submit your ethics application to:

  • AWERB: Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board

Animal research is defined as any research involving vertebrates and protected invertebrates such as cephalopods. It includes other invertebrates where these are registered as endangered or protected species, or involves large-scale destructive sampling and/or the research is on especially protected sites. Research in this context includes that which is:

  • regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (amended 2012);
  • not covered by the Act, for example, fieldwork and observational studies.

If your project involves human participants (including their personal data or tissue) and/or may have an impact on the environment or cultural objects, please submit your ethics application to your School or Faculty REC:

  • DEV S-REC for the School of International Development

  • ECO S-REC for the School of Economics

  • EDU S-REC for the School of Education and Lifelong Learning

  • FMH S-REC for the Schools in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (only non-NHS related projects are considered by FMH-REC) and projects from other Schools involving human tissue

  • HUM S-REC for the Schools in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • NBS S-REC for the Norwich Business School

  • PSY S-REC for the School of Psychology

  • SCIENCE S-REC for the Schools in the Faculty of Science

  • SWK S-REC for the School of Social Work and Law School

Please contact the relevant S-REC Chair to discuss the ethics review of your project in the first instance, if required.

The University's Research Ethics Policy is implemented by procedures determined by the Terms of Reference for the S-RECs (to be ratified at a future UREC meeting).

The S-RECs conduct ethics review in a wholly independent and impartial manner. This includes appointing External Members (typically referred to as ‘Lay’ Members) to provide an independent perspective to the S-REC’s decision making.