College Research Ethics and Governance Committee

The College of Engineeering Research Ethics and Governance Committee (REC) is a sub-committee of the University Research Ethics and Governance Committee and directly reports to it. The remit of the College of Engineering research ethics and governance committee is:

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/appropriate.

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


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

When conducting research outside the UK, ethical permissions should be sought locally as well as through the College ethics committee.

Researchers based at Swansea University due to be working on projects granted research ethics approval at another institution should inform their college research ethics committee of this. This will enable to committee to record the researcher’s involvement in the project, and ascertain whether any formal review process is necessary. 

The committee may also consider broader issues concerning research governance and policy in the university.

*Where research involves the collection of human samples from non-NHS patients and storing that tissue for any period of time either NHS REC approval is required or samples must be held under the HTA licence. University REC is not sufficient for storing human samples, even if they are from healthy volunteers / students. See Swansea University guidelines on collection of human tissue 

Guidance on applying

Our guidance and the procedure for submission of applications for ethical review will be here soon.

Committee membership

The committee is comprised of a body of staff members within the College of Engineering and the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences with relevant expertise (e.g. from behavioural to laboratory investigations), representing the research centres of the CoE.

If you are uncertain about any issues concerning the application you should first seek advice from the representative of your Research Centre. The committee also includes a dedicated administrator to the committee who receives all applications and communications.

The current membership and expertise of the committee include:


Dr Andrew Bloodworth

Vice Chair



Dr Ben Evans

Dr Robert Lancaster

Dr Kiyo Wada

Dr Chris Wright


Miss Nicola Bevan


Meetings are held monthly, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Applications received by 5pm one week before each meeting will be considered. Where less than 5 applications are to be reviewed the meetings may take place electronically.

Meeting dates:

Date Time Location

Wednesday 12th September

1-2 C209

Wednesday 3rd October                     



Wednesday 7th November



Wednesday 5th December



Wednesday 9th January



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Wednesday 5th June



Wednesday 3rd July



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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

For further details on University Policy regarding research integrity see

Contact us

For more information contact the Committee's Administrator on or 01792 606732