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Review Process – Postgraduate Research

Minimal Risk Applications: Research ethics applications for postgraduate researchers are reviewed by the named supervisor to ensure good quality of application (which also includes a review of the participant information sheet/participant agreement form if applicable).  Once the Supervisor is happy with the application, the Supervisor will forward onto an appropriate Faculty Ethics Champion for approval.  The Ethics Champion will undertake a final review and APPROVE the Research ethics application.

  • Guidance for PGRs on how to create and complete an online ethics checklist can be found here.
  • Guidance for Ethics Champions on how to use Cohort for the review and approval of pgr (low risk) checklists can be found here.
  • Guidance for Supervisors on how to use cohort for the review of prg checklists can be found here.

Above Minimal Risk Applications: Research Ethics applications are reviewed by the named supervisor to ensure good quality of application (which also includes a review of the participant information sheet/participant agreement form if applicable).  Once the Supervisor is happy with the application, the Supervisor will forward onto the Research Ethics Panel (via the EthicsFilter) for approval.

  • For above minimal risk applications, the Postgraduate Research Student (PGR) will be invited to attend Panel and they must be accompanied by a member of the Supervisory Team.   If a member of the Supervisor Team cannot be present, then the application will be deferred until the next Research Ethics Panel.  This should be factored in when planning research activities.
  • What is ‘Above minimal risk’