ScHARR Research Ethics Review
The main purpose of the ethics review procedures is to facilitate the research undertaken by members of the department in a way that protects both our research participants and members of ScHARR. Our aim is to accommodate all proposed research as far as if ethically possible. Our procedures and forms comply with the University of Sheffield’s ethics policy for research involving human participants, data and tissue.
The department expects all research to abide by University ethics guidelines. Ethics approval must be gained before research may commence.
Applying for ethics approval
Before undertaking any research involving human participants, personal data or human tissue, ethics applications must be submitted via the online system.
Staff and PGR applications will be reviewed by 3 members of the ScHARR Research Ethics Committee, and applicants will be invited to discuss their applications at the monthly ScHARR REC meetings (please note that there will be no meeting in August). Applications must be submitted before 13.00 on the day of the deadline, a list of dates and deadlines of the meetings may be found here.
UG/PGT applications will be reviewed and approved by their supervisor through the online system.
If you need to make a change from your original application, please fill in an amendment form and submit this to the ethics administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a UG/PGT student please submit the form to your dissertation supervisor.
On considering the ethical implications of a project, ethics reviewers can decide on one of the following possible outcomes:
Approved: the project can go ahead with no changes.
Once approval has been granted, an official approval letter will be sent through the online system to the applicant, granting them permission to undertake research.
The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) overseas the School’s ethics review procedures. In very exceptional cases where agreement cannot be reached within the school, this committee can review applications. Members of the department wishing to appeal a decision of the School’s Ethics Review Committee should inform Richard Hudson (Research Office) via the ScHARR Ethics Administrator email@example.com
Policy on Good Research and Innovation Practices
Sir David King, when he was the United Kingdonm Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, summarised research ethics as a combination of RIGOUR, RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY. The University’s GRIP Policy articulates the expectations of the University, Faculties and Academic Departments regarding:
• fundamental principles governing research;
For a summary of the GRIP Policy, please click here.
Ethics Policy for Research involving Human Participants, Personal Data or Human Tissue
To undertake research involving human participants, personal data or human tissue requires a good understanding of research ethics. The University of Sheffield’s Ethics Policy supports this (some of the more specialist issues are discussed further in the Policy Notes)
Observing the Ethics Committee
ScHARR Research Ethics Committee welcomes observers. This must be arranged in advance with the Ethics Administrator, and is on a first come first served basis as we limit the number of observers. Observing the Ethics Committee will not involve participating in discussions and no personal applicant's details or ethics applications will be passed on. Observers will be expected to respect the confidentiality of the proposals discussed and not discuss the details outside of the meeting.
Charlotte Claxton, ScHARR Ethics Administrator: +44 (0)114 2225446
email : firstname.lastname@example.org