FASS-LUMS Research Ethics Committee

FASS-LUMS Research Ethics Committee

The FASS-LUMS Research Ethics Committee (FASS-LUMS REC) oversees ethical review of proposed research in all Departments of both Faculties (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Lancaster University Management School). 

All colleagues and students intending to submit an application for ethics approval to the FASS-LUMS REC are strongly advised to read through the instructions and information contained on this site before completing and submitting their application. 

Applications submitted in summer: during the summer months it takes longer to process ethics applications due to staff leave commitments. We advise applicants to allow extra time for applications to be processed during the summer vacation period. Please help us to help you: avoid submitting your application at the last minute. 

The University is committed to ensuring that all research, and in particular, studies involving human participants, are conducted in a way which respects the dignity, rights, and welfare of participants, and which minimises risks to participants, researchers, third parties, and to the University itself.

All research conducted by staff and students from Lancaster University needs to adhere to the ethical standards set out in the University’s Code of Practice and in accordance with research ethics guidelines specified by the research councils (RCUK), by funding bodies such as the ESRC and by relevant subject-specific professional organisations. 

The University has an agreed procedure for supporting students and staff in considering ethical issues in relation to their research. All Lancaster University researchers (staff and students, working on funded and non-funded projects), in particular those who conduct studies involving human participants and personal data, need to submit their project for ethics review and seek ethics approval for their research. Studies which use publicly available data sources only (for example newspaper articles, published policy documents or laws or published research literature) and which do not raise any other ethical concerns (such as funding sources that could be considered controversial or a conflict of interest) normally do not require ethics review. If you are uncertain whether your study requires review or not, please consult the checklist (see the section on 'how to apply') and guidance on our application form or contact the Committee Secretary. To note, ethical approval must be obtained before data collection.

Ethics reviews are dealt with by Faculty-based research ethics committees. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Management School have a joint research ethics committee. The FASS-LUMS Research Ethics Committee (FASS LUMS REC) is responsible for setting standards and policy for research ethics within the two Faculties. The REC considers and reviews ethics applications from staff and research students (PhD), for funded and non-funded projects. Ethics applications by UG and Masters students are dealt with at departmental level.

The FASS-LUMS REC can offer advice and training on ethics in relation to research in the social sciences and the subjects covered in the Management School. The FASS-LUMS REC is a sub-committee of the University’s Research Ethics Committee.