Research involving humans - response to COVID-19
17 April 2020
Until further notice, all research activity involving travel or face-to-face interaction with participants must now stop. See the announcement in full here: Urgent announcement regarding research involving humans (PDF) . This is in line with the approach being taken by the NHS and other institutions. See also the information regarding researchers and fieldworkers abroad.
Research at this time must be conducted using online or remote methods. If that is not possible, it must be postponed.
For more information, see the interim guidance for research involving humans. The guidance includes the types of research that can continue, ethical considerations, making a new ethical review application or amending an existing ethical approval in the current circumstances.
The University has developed template participant documents based on key ethical issues and legal requirements.
These must be used for all research involving human participants, their data or samples.
These documents should be tailored to your participants and their accessibility requirements- modifiable content is in red text, and guidance is in blue text.
Further editing (i.e. of black text) is not encouraged. If it is required to meet the needs of your project, you must provide details and justification in Q31 of the ethical review application form (Word).