Petri dishes in the Biomedical Science labs

Research Ethics

The FHM Research Ethics Committee (FHMREC) 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 new Research Ethics Application Management System (REAMS) launched on the 1st of November 2021. Please see below for more information. 

A research project being conducted by FHM staff and/or postgraduate students should be submitted to the FHMREC for ethical review if it involves human participants (including secondary analysis of data gathered from humans) or other possible ethical risk factors, and is not being reviewed externally.

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 FHM. The committee structure includes members from all of the FHM divisions providing diversity in perspectives and speciality knowledge (see "committee membership" for members' expertise).

Note: During the summer months, it can take longer to review applications due to staff leave and other commitments. Therefore please help us to help you and allow extra time for your application to be fully processed and reviewed in summer.

Faculty of Health & Medicine Research Ethics Information Accordion

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  • Professor Laura Machin: Qualitative research methods; research on sensitive topics; recruitment of hard-to-access populations; elite interviewing; NHS ethical approval processes

Deputy Chair

  • Professor Roger Pickup: Ethical aspects involved in using questionnaires; research conducted under the Human Tissue Act; quantitative research methods; research requiring NHS ethics approval

Committee members

Biomedical and Life Sciences

  • Dr Allyson Clelland: Quantitative research methods; use of embryonic/fetal material; EDI and inclusion experience; using surveys
  • Dr Muhammad Munir: Quantitative research methods, the ethical aspect of working with experimental animals, research requiring ethics approval with reference to infectious diseases
  • Dr Rachael Rigby: Quantitative research methods, ethical aspects of working with experimental animals, ethical aspects of working with human tissue, research requiring NHS ethics approval
  • Dr Amy Saunders: Quantitative research methods, ethical aspects of working with experimental animals, ethical aspects of working with human tissue, research requiring NHS ethics approval, research conducted under the Human Tissue Act.

Division of Health Research

  • Dr Maddy French: [on leave for 2023-24] Mixed methods researcher; case study methodology; research into palliative and end-of-life care, social deprivation, and inequities
  • Dr Andrew Harding: Qualitative research methods; case studies; gerontology/ageing; dementia; information-giving
  • Dr Abigail Morris: Mixed methods research; intervention development and evaluation; research on sedentary behaviour and physical activity; research in workplace health and wellbeing
  • Professor Ceu Mateus: Quantitative research methods, health economics, research requiring NHS ethics approval
  • Dr Heather Robinson: Ethical considerations in relation to research involving people with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or carers of people with SMI; online data collection; quantitative research methods; randomised controlled clinical trials
  • Dr Yakubu Salifu: Qualitative research; individual/dyad/focus group interviews; thematic analysis; health research in resource-limited context, research in palliative and end-of-life care
  • Dr Luis Filipe: Quantitative methods researcher, health economics, research on hospital efficiency, ageing, resource allocation, people’s preferences for health services/policies, education/health trade-offs, and general policy analysis

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

  • Dr Katy Bourne: Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
  • Dr Sarah Parry: Qualitative and participatory methods; children's mental health; unusual sensory experiences; early-onset psychosis

Lancaster Medical School

  • Dr John Appleby Research ethics; reproductive ethics, medical innovation; research involving children
  • Dr Jemma Kerns: Laboratory based studies involving human tissue (with the NHS), ethical aspects of working with human participants, medical devices.
  • Dr Keira Markey:
  • Dr James Shelley: Mixed-methods; qualitative interviewing; systematic reviews
  • Dr Anastasia Ushakova: Quantitative methods; research using NHS routinely collected data; longitudinal studies; big observational datasets; NHS ethics; mixed methods research
  • Dr Paul Hendrickes: Quantitative methods, ethical aspects of working with human tissue, ethical aspects of working with experimental animals, exercise research in humans

Postgraduate representatives

  • Hayley Lowther-Payne
  • Beth McGladrigan
  • Phoebe Sharratt

Lay members

  • Gillian Mawby
  • Sarah Marden

FHM Associate Dean for Research

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Dates for the academic year 2023-24

Please note that the deadline for applications is at the close of play on the dates given above. Applications received after 5.30pm on the day of the deadline may be rolled over to the next meeting.

  • 21st September 2023 (deadline for submissions: 4th September 2023)
  • 19th October 2023 (deadline for submissions: 2nd October 2023)
  • 16th November 2023 (deadline for submissions: 30th October 2023)
  • 14th December 2023 (deadline for submissions: 27th November 2023)
  • 18th January 2024 (deadline for submissions: 2nd January 2024)
  • 15th February 2024 (deadline for submissions: 29th January 2024)
  • 21st March 2024 (deadline for submissions: 4th March 2024)
  • 25th April 2024 (deadline for submissions: 8th April 2024)
  • 16th May 2024 (deadline for submissions: 29th April 2024)
  • 20th June 2024 (deadline for submissions: 3rd June 2024)
  • 18th July 2024 (deadline for submissions: 1st July 2024)
  • 15th August 2024 (deadline for submissions: 29th July 2024)

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NHS Sponsorship

Research with Children


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Intellectual Property

For queries relating to Intellectual Property please e-mail the Intellectual Property Team (ext. 93298).

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