The PI is responsible to ensure that ethical approvals, if required, are in place before any research commences; this includes for research being undertaken by third parties. Proposals needing ethical review are identified on ACP by the PI; this is checked by the HoD and RSO. Following award notification, it is the PI’s responsibility to apply for ethical approval via the appropriate Faculty Research Ethics Committee. The committee reviews the application and any participant documentation giving feedback, comments and approval. The applicant may be required to discuss the application at a committee meeting and can be referred to the presiding University Research Ethics Committee if concerns remain. Advice and guidance is offered by the RSO Ethics team.
It may not be appropriate to gain ethical approval at this stage for studentship projects. The PI is responsible for supporting the students, once in place, to ensure that ethical approval is gained if required.