Since February 2017, The Medical School has had their own separate Research Ethics Committee.

For any Medical School Submissions, please visit the Medical School Research Ethics and Governance Committee Web Page

The remit of the College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS) Research Ethics Committee (REC) is as follows:

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.

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.

*Where research involves the collection of human samples from non-NHS patients and they are storing that tissue for any period of time they either need to have NHS REC approval or hold it 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.


  • 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, signed by applicant (where relevant both applicant and academic supervisor) and should be emailed to: