University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC)
Research involving humans - response to COVID-19
30 March 2020
Until further notice, all research activity involving travel or face-to-face interaction with participants must now stop.
Researchers must consider whether they can adapt their research to conduct participant interactions remotely. If this is not possible the research must be postponed.
New ethical review applications will only be accepted at this time if they relate to research that does not involve travel or face-to-face interaction with participants.
This is in line with the approach being taken by other Universities and the NHS.
See the announcement in full here: Urgent announcement regarding research involving humans (PDF)
Please be assured that staff are working very hard to develop additional guidance and processes as rapidly as possible and that these pages will be updated over the coming days and weeks. This is an unprecedented time for everyone so please bear with us.
If your research involves the NHS, see the specific guidance for research involving the NHS.
For more information on research within the University and coronavirus visit the Research and coronavirus page.
For general information from the University on coronavirus visit the Coronavirus information page.
UTREC is responsible for overseeing the ethical review and approval of the University's research activities involving human participants, their data or samples.