As a world-class research institution, the University of Sheffield aspires to produce the highest quality research. At the heart of this is the key principle that governs all research involving human participants, personal data and human tissue: respect for the participants' welfare and rights.
University ethics policy
Ethics policy governing research involving human participants personal data and human tissue general principles and statements.
The research ethics approval procedure sets out the practicalities of research ethics review at the University of Sheffield and should be read by all University staff and registered students who are conducting, or planning to conduct, research on University premises.
Training resources for research ethics
A range of resources to help you develop your understanding of research ethics, and to support departments wishing to design their own in-house training for ethics reviewers, supervisors, and other staff.
University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)
The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) promote awareness of research ethical issues throughout the University.
Consent form example
Notes designed to help researchers decide what you need to include in your consent form.
Updated message from UREC about COVID-19
An update from the University research ethics committee (UREC) about amending ethics approval due to COVID-19.
UREC position statement on ethics reviewing for external organisations
Position statement relating to requests fo the University and its departments to ethically review external research projects.
External research projects
What to do if your department is asked to take part in an external research project.
Ethical approval after leaving the University
Position statement relating to the status of ethics approval granted by the University after the research is transferred elsewhere.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Information
Data protection legislation and implications for research
An overview of changes to data protection legislation and implications it can have on research.
Health Research Authority (HRA) guidance on meeting GDPR requirements for NHS research
Guidance for researchers and study coordinators.