Ethical review is mandatory for all research conducted by staff, students and associates of UEA involving animals or human subjects/participants.
The General Research Ethics Committee (G-REC) was established to ensure that research conducted in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, the School of Law, the School of Environmental Sciences, and other areas of the University, meets generally accepted ethical principles and any legal requirements. (Please note that ENV applications involving research with animals should be referred to the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body.)
Further information about other sub-committees and their requirements can be found on the Research Ethics Subcommittees page.
Do I need ethical review and permission for my project?
If you are based in a School within HUM, or in LAW or ENV, and are planning research with human participants or animals, you are required to submit for ethical review and obtain permission to proceed through G-REC before any of the research starts.
Who is responsible for obtaining ethical review and permission?
The lead researcher (PI) of a staff project, or the student undertaking the work, is responsible for obtaining clearance for their own project.
When should I submit my application for ethical review and permission?
You must apply for ethical 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 ethical permission?
Students: Complete the G-REC Ethics & Governance Clearance Form for Research Projects and submit to GREC@uea.ac.uk along with a copy of your research protocol and examples of any consent forms, participant information sheets, or other information about your project.
Staff (Ethical approval for own research): Complete the G-REC Ethics & Governance Clearance Form for Research Projects and submit to GREC@uea.ac.uk along with a copy of your research protocol and examples of any consent forms, participant information sheets, or other information about your project.
Staff (Clearance at module-level for research exercises to be undertaken by students): Complete the G-REC Ethics & Governance Module-based Clearance Form and submit to GREC@uea.ac.uk along with examples of any consent forms, participant information sheets, or other relevant documents. Please note that module clearance cannot be provided for dissertations, for which students must seek ethical approval individually.
Your application will be reviewed by G-REC 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 G-REC 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 G-REC that your ethics application is approved.
How long will it take for my application to be reviewed?
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.
Can I talk to someone about my application?
If your question relates to the ethical nature of your project, please contact the G-REC representative for your School: Membership of G-REC
If your question relates to the ethical clearance process please contact GREC@uea.ac.uk.
Links and useful documents
If you have found other useful links which may be of help to others, please email GREC@uea.ac.uk and let us know.