Ethical review application
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.
If your research involves human participants, their data or samples, then ethical review and approval is mandatory and must be obtained before starting your research. This page describes how to submit an application for ethical review and what to expect along the way.
Researchers should consult the guidance on ethical issues for more on what to consider when planning research and completing an application form.
There are ethical review application form - exemplars (PDF) available for reference when completing the free-text fields in the application form and there is also training (online and face to face) available for applicants.
Those making the following types of applications should follow the link for additional information:
- collaborative application (if you are collaborating with another School or organisation)
- amendment application (if you already have ethical approval but your plans have changed)
- teaching module application (if you are a module coordinator)
- human tissue and cell line related application (if your research uses human tissue or cell lines)
For research involving the NHS
If you research involves the NHS visit the Research involving the NHS page.
For research involving children
You should seek the advice of the Child Panel Representative before submitting your application - Dr Barbara Dritschel, email: email@example.com There are template participant documents for children and letters to schools/parents and guardians. You may require PVG/DBS approval, check the guidance on the additional documents page.