University Research Ethics Committee

The University Committee for Research and Innovation is responsible on behalf of the Senate for research governance and standards, including research ethics, and for oversight of the development of the research skills of staff and students undertaking research. The University Committee for Research and Innovation has established the University Research Ethics Committee as one of its sub-committees to maintain oversight of ethical matters in relation to the University’s research and innovation activities.

Remit

The primary remit of the University Research Ethics Committee is to have oversight of ethical matters in relation to the University’s research and innovation activities. This includes the responsibility to:

a) to provide institutional-level leadership on ethical matters arising out of research, innovation and related institutional activities;

b) to recommend policies and procedures for the University in respect of research ethics;

c) to maintain an oversight of research ethics training across the University;

d) to consider and approve (as appropriate) research proposals submitted by Schools – see Section 4a;

e) to advise the University Committee for Research and Innovation on matters related to research ethics;

f) to receive reports from School Research Ethics committees/representatives where necessary; and

g) to have oversight of the application of School policies and procedures.

The Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body reports directly to the University Research Ethics Committee, which reports directly to the University Committee for Research and Innovation.

Terms of Reference

Read the Terms of Reference of the University Research Ethics Committee.

Key contacts

Chair: Dr Stephen Yarwood, Associate Professor for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Clerk: Phil Rowsby, Senior Governance Officer for Governance and Legal Services

Key information

Phil Rowsby