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 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. A link to the application flow chart outlining the steps of ethical review is available on the 'Documentation' tab of this page.

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).

The Review Process

Guidance on application completion and resources can be found under "Applications" and "Documentation" respectively.

For questions about the logistics of the application process, please contact FHM Research Ethics.

For questions about ethical issues and application content, please contact the Secretary of the committee at FHM Research Ethics

GDPR

Please read the guidance here on complying with GDPR in research.

Other resources

The following resources may be of interest:

Tab Content: Applications

Applicants are requested to take the following steps in submitting an application to the committee:

1. Apply to the Committee by submitting the following as three separate word documents:

a. The Governance Checklist

b. The completed FHMREC application form

c. All accompanying research materials (collated into one document) such as, but not limited to:

  • Your full research proposal (background, literature review, methodology and detailed methods, ethical considerations).
  • Advertising materials (posters, e-mails)
  • Letters/emails of invitation to participate
  • Participant information sheets
  • Consent forms
  • Questionnaires, surveys, demographic sheets
  • Interview schedules, interview question guides, focus group scripts
  • Debriefing sheets, resource lists

 2. Submit these three word documents, by email, to FHM Research Ethics.

 Student applicants: please note:

  • you must discuss and agree your ethics application with your supervisor prior to submission. 
  • you should submit your application from your Lancaster University email address, copying your supervisor/s into the email message. 

 3. Submission deadlines:

a. Projects including direct involvement of human subjects should be submitted by the committee deadline shown on the meeting calendarPrior to the FHMREC meeting you may be contacted by the lead reviewer for further clarification of your application. Please ensure you are available to attend the committee meeting (either in person or via telephone) on the day that your application is considered, if required to do so.

b. The following projects will normally be dealt with via chair’s action, and may be submitted at any time. Those involving:

i. existing documents/data only;

ii. the evaluation of an existing project with no direct contact with human participants;

iii. service evaluations.

 

For questions about the logistics of the application process, or about ethical issues and application content, please contact the Secretary of the Committee at FHM Research Ethics.

Tab Content: Membership

The following people comprise the FHMREC Committee [their areas of particular expertise are shown in brackets]

Chair

  • Laura Machin [qualitative research methods; research on sensitive topics; recruitment of hard to access populations; elite interviewing; NHS ethical approval processes]

Deputy Chair

  • 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

Division of Health Research

  • Amanda Bingley [qualitative research methods; procedural research ethics; research involving children & teenagers; research involving vulnerable populations; Good Clinical Practice; NHS ethical approval processes]
  • Ceu Mateus [Quantitative research methods, health economics, research requiring NHS ethics approval]

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences

  • Neil Dawson [quantitative research methods, ethical aspects of working with experimental animals]

Lancaster Medical School

  • Tom Keegan [quantitative research methods, ethics in epidemiological research]
  • Laura Machin [qualitative research methods; research on sensitive topics; recruitment of hard to access populations; elite interviewing; NHS ethical approval processes]

CHICAS

  • Jon Read [quantitative research methods; epidemiological fieldwork design; ethics relating to infectious disease research; ethics relating to studies of social networks and geolocation; data encryption and storage; ethics relating to clinical veterinary research]

Lay Member

  • Norma McPherson

Postgraduate Research Student Representatives

  • to be announced
  • to be announced

FHM Associate Dean for Research (ex officio member)

FHMREC Committee Secretary/ Research Ethics Officer

For questions about ethical issues and application content, please contact the Secretary of the committee: Becky Case

Tab Content: Calendar

FHMREC Meeting DatesDeadline for applications (12 noon)
26th September 2019 4th September 2019
31st October 2019 16th October 2019
5th December 2019 20th November 2019
9th January 2020 18th December 2019
20th February 2020 5th February 2020

19th March 2020

4th March 2020

30th April 2020

16th April 2020

4th June 2020

20th May 2020

9th July 2020

24th June 2020