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All research that involves human participants or non-human animals must be granted ethical approval before being conducted (including undergraduate and masters projects).  The School of Psychology & Neuroscience Ethics Committee overviews the ethics and integrity of all teaching and research within the School, as a subcommittee of the University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC) and Animal Welfare Ethics Committee (AWEC).

The UTREC website provides application forms and sample template documents, and also provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and policy statements to help researchers prepare their ethics applications. In addition, the School Ethics Committee has prepared helpful tips on completing ethics applications for human research and non-licenced animal research, and the Committee has provided a set-by-step guide to human participant research (currently being updated to take into consideration the new application form). (See links below).


** Please note that these files are stored on the School intranet and only available on campus or via VPN

Contact within the School

For any enquires about the ethical review process, please contact the School’s Ethics Committee Administrator, Helen Sunderland via

Further resources