COVID -19: Information for Students
Ethical approval and data collection for dissertations/thesis
Please note that in accordance with recent changes in Welsh Government guidelines research involving human participants may now resume. This is subject to an updated H&S COVID Safe Operating Procedure for Research involving Human participants. Research Involving Human Participants
This means that there is no longer a requirement for the completion of a justification report and that non-essential research may resume. It will however be subject to authorisation process in that the SOP needs to be adhered to and a Risk Assessment and Considerations checklist together with a Covid Participant questionnaire needs to be completed (Appendices 1 and 2) by applicants, and authorised by Supervisors and then included within any Ethics application to the Research Ethics Committee. Participants also need to be given Appendix 4 (Participant Information).
Pedagogic (Educational) Research:
If you are conducting research on fellow students, or as an integrated part of daily lectures, then this permission must be re-requested, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and assurance sought that the permission previously given still stands. Any student researcher, who is recruiting students outside of their own College/School must move to remote recruitment or pause the study as outlined above.
Research on COVID-19
• An expedited review process will be considered for any new studies relating to COVID-19 where there are proven public health grounds to commence.
• In order for such a study to gain clearance to proceed with face-to-face participant interactions and for this review to be expedited, the student must consult the supervisor and the supervisor must act at the Principal Investigator/Primary contact for the research and must provide the following information:
What are public health grounds for the study to be conducted?
What is the rationale for the study to be conducted at this time? Why can it not be conducted at a later time?
Evidence of a Risk Assessment, considering the potential risk to the researcher themselves, signed off by the College Director of Research and Chair of College Ethics committee.
• Researchers should copy their email to the Research Governance Officer
• Please title the email “New Study relating to COVID-19” for prioritisation.
Please contact your academic supervisor with your research ethics queries in the first instance.
Recommended Checklist during Covid 19
Research Involving Human Participants
PIS Covid research at campus
Risk Assessment Process
SOP Research Involving Human Participants