Sponsorship and Quality Assurance

The University is responsible for the studies which it sponsors and, therefore, needs to be confident that these have robust systems and practices in place for:

- Safeguarding the dignity, rights, safety & well-being of participants recruited; and for
- Ensuring the validity of the data collected, analysed, recorded & reported.

The University also wishes to identify good practices in how University-sponsored studies are managed and for these practices to be shared between studies operating across the University.

Accordingly, the University seeks to quality assure (QA) University-sponsored studies.

The University's approach to how it assures the quality of the human-interventional studies that it sponsors: a partnership with academic departments and the Chief/Principal Investigators of the studies is set out in the Human-Interventional studies Procedure.

The QA approach involves an initial risk assessment of the human-interventional study (once ethical and scientific approval have both been granted for the project), followed by the implementation of a risk-appropriate procedure.  Further links to definitions, explanations and forms can be found below or in further information on the procedure.

If you cannot find the information you need from these pages and/or wish to speak to someone for further information then please contact Anita Kenny in Quality and Governance, Research and Innovation Services (email: a.j.kenny@sheffield.ac.uk/ ext. 21400).