Ethics policy

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. 

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Approval procedure

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.

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Supporting resources on research ethics

Guidance and other resources to help you in obtaining ethics approval and managing your research ethically, including Policy Notes on key issues.

Find guidance and resources on the ethics review procedure 

Ethics A-Z

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.

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University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)

The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) promote awareness of research ethical issues throughout the University.

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Consent form example

Notes designed to help researchers decide what you need to include in your consent form.

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Updated message from UREC about COVID-19

An update from the University research ethics committee (UREC) about amending ethics approval due to COVID-19.

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Position statements

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.

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External research projects

What to do if your department is asked to take part in an external research project.

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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.

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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.

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Health Research Authority (HRA) guidance on meeting GDPR requirements for NHS research

Guidance for researchers and study coordinators.

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