FST Research Ethics Committee

The FST Research Ethics Committee (FSTREC) oversees ethical review of proposed research that is not reviewed through research ethics mechanisms outside the University, such as the NHS Research Ethics Service.

A research project being conducted by FST staff and/or research students should be submitted to the FSTREC for ethical review if it involves human participants, or other possible ethical risk factors, and is not being reviewed externally. UG and taught postgraduate coursework and dissertations that involve the generation of data with human participants need to be ethically approved BEFORE any data is generated. Responsibility for ethics review of UG and taught PG projects lies within the Departments.

The aim of the committee is to ensure that ethical considerations and issues are addressed in the conduct of research. The committee seeks to support and encourage the process of ethically conducted research in FST, by identifying ethical researchers rather than ethical research, to enable not block research, to maintain the safety and well-being of participants and researchers, to assess ethics, not the methodology, and to promote ethical values.

The committee structure includes members from many of the FST departments providing diversity in perspectives and speciality knowledge.

The Review Process

The FSTREC works in close collaboration with the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC). However, the process is designed so that applications will undergo full review by only one committee in most cases. All applications for ethical review should be submitted to the FSTREC.

For queries prior to submission of an application:

Guidance on application completion and resources about the conduct of ethical research will be added to this website in the coming months.

For questions about the logistics of the application process, or about ethical issues and application content, please contact the Science & Technology Research Ethics Officer, Becky Case.