College Research Ethics Committee

The remit of the College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS) and College of Medicine (CoM) research ethics committee (REC) is as follows:

CHHS and CoM Students: To ethically review all *research on human participants and/or data which is not publicly available. (When conducting research outside the UK, ethical permission should be sought locally as well as through the College ethics committee).

*In respect of students, the term ‘research’ is given a broader definition to encompass service evaluation, where this concerns human participants.

CHHS and CoM Staff: To provide ethical review for research on human participants and/or data which is not publicly available when no other system for formal ethical review is available.


  • Research by staff which requires NHS research ethics scrutiny
  • Research where no human subjects or personal data are accessed (such as a review of literature)
  • Research using publicly available data.
  • Personal reflective practice based work.


Your electronic submission should all be contained within 1 document and should be emailed to:

Guidance on applying

You can see our guidance and the procedure for submission of  applications for ethical review

Application form and guidance notes

Download the application form here: CHHS Application for Standard Ethical Approval Oct 2016

Download the guidance notes here: Guidance notes for standard ethical approval

Download the notes for ethical principles here: Notes on Ethical Principles


Terms of reference

Read our terms of reference for the Research Ethics Committee here: REC Terms of Reference

Committee membership

The committee is comprised of a body of staff members within the CHHS and the medical school with relevant expertise (e.g. knowledge of healthcare law, various kinds of research and nursing practice, and healthcare ethics), including the secretary of the committee.

To see the current membership and expertise of the committee, click here.


Meetings are held monthly, usually on the first Monday of the month. Applications received by 5p.m. two weeks before each meeting will be considered.

To see the dates for the next meeting, please click here.

Research Governance and Research Conduct Complaints

For queries on Research Governance please contact

Participants should be informed of their right to complain about research misconduct and may do so by emailing

Contact us

Use the links on the side to find further information, or contact the Committee's administrator, Emma Oliver on or 01792 295788