The RDU wants YOU!

Calling all Supervisors and Staff – this is your opportunity to comment on BU’s ethics review process!

Do you supervise students on their research projects (or do you conduct your own research)?  Are you happy with the current BU research ethics review process?  Do you have suggestions/comments/frustrations about the policies and procedures in place?

If you find yourself gnawing at the bit with comments but not knowing how to express them, you’re in luck – I’m conducting a University-wide research ethics review, which will seek to validate implementation of a more streamlined ethics review process while also creating policies and procedures that are both robust and flexible…..and I want to hear from YOU!

Over the past couple of weeks I have met with each School Representative to the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) and over the coming weeks I will meet with the Deans and/or Deputy Deans to discuss the current ethics review policies and to propose changes to the process.  My aim for this review is to be as inclusive as possible, so I would like to open the opportunity to comment to all supervisors and staff involved in research here at BU.  If you’d like to meet with me as a group (School, framework, etc.), I’m happy to work out a day/time that works for everyone.  However, if you’d like to meet one-on-one, that suits me just fine as well.  Please send me an email at if you’d like to get involved!

One Response to “The RDU wants YOU!”

  1. Edwin van Teijlingen

    Avoid double workload
    Dear Julia,
    I would like to make to sure we keep the current system that staff/students who have to gain external ethical approval, for example from the NHS Research Ethics Committee or the a national research body, such as the Nepal Health Research Council (for my PhD students doing fieldwork in Nepal) stay excempted from also having to gain ethical approval within BU.
    There is growing literature on the increasing bureaucratic nature of research ethcis committees (especially in health and social care) and BU would want to avoid adding to this burden. We have published an article on this a few years ago, in BMC Public Health, see:

    Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen