Research Ethics and Governance

Swansea University Medical School Research Ethics Governance Committee

The remit of the Swansea University Medical School Research Ethics and Governance Committee (REG Committee) is to provide a strategic overview of research ethics and governance issues within the Medical School and in relation to other Colleges and the University.

Swansea University Medical School Research Ethics Sub-Committee

The Medical School's Research Ethics Committee is a Sub-Committee of Swansea University's Research Ethics and Governance Committee.

The remit of the Medical School's Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC) is:

To ethically review all research on human participants and/or data which is not publicly available*.

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

(IMPORTANT - When conducting research outside the UK, ethical permissions should be sought locally as well as through the School's ethics committee).

Medical School Staff will: 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:

Application Procedure and Guidance

  1. Identify any ethical issues raised by the research and discuss these with your supervisor or research team.
  2. Following the Decision Support page to identify the correct pathway for ethical approval.
  3. Complete and send the  and any additional documents to the administrator of the committee no later than 2 weeks before the next scheduled meeting (
    • (NOTE - The pro-forma and all additional documents should be sent as one document in either PDF, .docx format) 
  4. The Chair will then nominate a Commitee Member to present the application to the Committee summarising the application and any relevant points.
  5. The Committee will then considered by the application.
    • (NOTE - You are not usually required to attend).
  6. Once a decision has been reached the Chair will inform the applicant of the decision within 5 working days.
    • (NOTE- A decision will fall into one of the 4 following categories:
      1. Approved
      2. Approved pending Chair’s action
      3. Judged in need of revision and resubmission
      4. Not Approved)

(IMPORTANT - Do not submit a separate research proposal or documents as these will not be reviewed - all information must be included in the application form as a single document in either .pdf or .docx format)


  • No research should cause unnecessary harm and preferably it should benefit participants.
  • Potential participants have the right to receive clearly communicated information from the researcher in advance.
  • Participants should be free from coercion of any kind and should not be pressured to participate in a study.
  • The consent of vulnerable participants or their representatives' assent should be actively sought by researchers.
  • Honesty should be central to the relationship between researcher, participant and institutional representatives.


Amendments are changes made to your research project after the initial approval(s) have been given.

Should you need to request an amendment to a previously submitted RESC application in which you received favourable ethical opinion, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and sign the Notice of Amendment to Ethics application request Ethics amendment . (NOTE - that amendments will need to be re-authorised by supervisors/line managers where appropriate).
  2. Include ANY updated supporting documentation, including consent forms, PIS, protocol etc.
  3. Please ensure that any amended documentation has the changes clearly highlighted or in tracked changes. You may wish to include both your original documents as well as the updated version if there have been a large number of changes. If this is the case, please include a list of all the changes in a separate document for reference and list all attachments under the 'List of enclosed documents' on the RESC form.
  4. The Amendment form should then be electronically submitted to Medical School Research Ethics Subcommittee [] together with all of the relevant supporting documents.

Research Governance and Research Conduct Complaints