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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.
  • Please remember that if you wish to review checklists ‘off campus’, you will need Horizon software to connect to your desktop.  Contact IT Services (Tel: 65515 or https://bournemouth.service-now.com/sp)
  • Guidance for Supervisors on how to use cohort for the review of prg checklists can be found here.
  • Please remember that if you wish to review checklists ‘off campus’, you will need Horizon software to connect to your desktop.  Contact IT Services (Tel: 65515 or https://bournemouth.service-now.com/sp)

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.

  • What is ‘Above minimal risk’.  Risk is determined by the answers provided by the Researcher when completing the checklist.
  • 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.
  • There are no Panel meetings held during the month of August, so please plan ahead if you intend to start your data collection in August/September.
  • Panel meeting dates

Post approval process

Chairs Action must be sought for any changes to your project which may affect your current ethical approval; please email researchethics@bournemouth.ac.uk.  Requests and additional approval will be considered by the Research Ethics Panel Chair/Ethics Champion (as appropriate)  and approved by Chairs Action if appropriate.  If changes are substantial you may be required to submit a new checklist.   Please quote the Ethics ID related to your project.

Requests may include rewording of any documentation including participant information/agreement forms; changes to the research protocol; extension; recruitment strategies