Faculty Research Ethics Committees


The Economic and Social Care Research Council (ESRC) requires that all human participant research has an ethical review, proportionate to the risks involved in the research.  Other funding bodies, e.g. Horizon 2020 and many professional bodies also have specific requirements for the ethical consideration of research which extends to environmental issues or research that may have a dual use.

The University has had an established structure through the use of School Research Ethics Committees to undertake this function.  However, it has been agreed to pilot a new structure that will streamline, expedite the review process and bring consistency across the Institution.  The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is currently hosting the pilot using Faculty Research Ethics Committees (Faculty RECs).  This will facilitate the application and implementation of relevant University Regulations and Policies governing research ethics and will centralise the ethical review of all research projects being undertaken within the Faculty.

Each School within the Faculty has two representatives on the Faculty REC, bringing individual expertise and discipline knowledge to deliberations.  Please note The School of Psychology will continue to have its own REC in 2016-17, which will be a sub-committee of the Faculty REC.



The Faculty REC will rountinely consider applications once funding has been secured (submitted to  However, for researchers applying to RCUK, Horison 2020 or other large grants the Committee is willing to review funding applications to add value in terms of research ethics.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) Research Ethics Committee (REC) meets monthly to consider applications.  The review of low risk applications will be undertaken in an expedited manner and those research studies with more material ethical issues contained within will be considered by the full REC.  For projects being considered at the full Faculty REC meeting the researcher may be asked to attend.

The following guidance shall help you decide if your research is deemed high risk or low risk.  Once the risk level has been established follow the Faculty REC Approval Process flowchart for instructions regarding how to proceed. 

  • Documents you will need:

Low Risk Research Checklist and Fast Track Application (Word)

Low Risk Research Checklist and Fast Track Application (pdf)

Faculty Research Ethics Application (pdf)

Faculty Research Ethics Application (Word)

Guidance Document (for help with completion of Faculty Research Ethics Application) (pdf)

  • Useful Links

Peer Review

Frequently asked Questions

Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees (GAfREC)

Health Research Authority (HRA)

Informed Consent

Guidelines for Good Practice - University Researchers Working in Partnership with Community Sector Organisations

  • Contact

Please contact if you have any further queries.  Once you have prepared your application and, if necessary, agreed it with your supervisor, all documents should be emailed to the Faculty REC email address.