Ethical review application
Research involving humans and Covid-19
26 August 2021
Researchers should consider using online or remote methods if possible. Any in-person face-to-face research or research involving travel must be permissible, safe, and ethical.
For more information on research involving humans, Covid-19, and the ethical review process, see the interim guidance for research involving humans.
If you research involves the NHS see the Guidance for research involving the NHS.
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:
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 and extension applications (if you already have ethical approval but your plans have changed or you need to extend the approval period)
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.