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Research Ethics

QUMS Research Ethics

Welcome to the QUMS Research Ethics webpage. The School is committed to ensuring that all research undertaken by both staff and students is carried out to the highest standard of integrity. Under the University’s Ethics approval requirements all research involving human subjects must receive approval from the School Research Ethics Committee. Terms of reference for the QUMS Research Ethics Committee are available here further guidance is available from the Research Policy Office.

The University has detailed regulations and guidelines on research involving human participants in the Queen’s University Research Governance documentation and the Sample Consent Form provides guidance on good ethical practice in the conduct of academic research. The Student Ethics Approval Form sets out what the ESRC requires by way of ethics approval for the research it supports. Research requiring access to Health or Social Services stakeholders must be submitted via ORECNI.

The forms and guidance below relate to governance and ethical procedures for staff and research students undertaking research activities. There are three parts to the application process:

    1. Relates to governance and includes a peer review of the proposed research by completing a Sample Consent Form  form
    2. Completion of a School  Sample information Sheet for submission to the SREC and completion of the Investigators Ethics Review Checklist  QUMS Research Ethics Committee Terms of reference form
    3. Once given approval by the SREC a Gov3c form should be completed requesting sponsorship of the research project. 

Information and Forms 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students (Students undertaking research without prior ethical approval maybe subject to the University disciplinary procedures)

QUMS Research Ethics Committee Terms of reference
Research Policy Office
Queen’s University Research Governance documentation
Policy on the Ethical Approval of Research
ESRC Framework for Research Ethics
ORECNI
Student Ethical Approval Form
Sample Consent Form

Sample Information Sheet 
 
 
Staff and Research Students

QUMS Research Ethics Committee Terms of reference
Research Policy Office

Queen’s University Research Governance documentation
Policy on the Ethical Approval of Research
ORECNI
ESRC Framework for Research Ethics
Gov 1 Peer review form
Staff/PhD Ethics Approval Form
Gov 2 Ethics Review Checklist 
Gov 3 Request for sponsorship
Sample Consent Form
Sample Information Sheet