University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC)
Research involving humans - response to Covid-19
15 January 2021
Due to the current circumstances, researchers must consider using online or remote methods where at all possible.
Any in-person face-to-face research or research involving travel must be permissible, safe and ethical.
Due to the current circumstances and restrictions in Scotland and the rest of the UK, research involving in-person contact with human participants is only permissible in very limited situations. For more information see the University research and coronavirus page.
Researchers must check the University coronavirus information pages and travel and fieldwork guidance frequently and before commencing any activity to ensure they are complying with current requirements.
For more information on the ethical review process at this time, see the interim guidance for research involving humans.
UTREC is responsible for overseeing the ethical review and approval of the University's research activities involving human participants, their data or samples.
A sub-committee of UTREC also conducts the ethical review of research funders - you can find more information on the ethical funder review application page.