At the beginning of August an update was released by the Health Research Authority with regard to the review of clinical research by undergraduate and master’s students.
The HRA have released a further update – please see below. If you have any queries or concerns please contact Suzy Wignall, Clinical Governance Advisor in Research Development & Support.
‘Back in March the Health Research Authority and devolved administrations announced the decision to stop reviewing applications for individual undergraduate and master’s student projects until further notice while we prioritised the urgent review of COVID-19 studies. This was also due to the significant pressure on the NHS/HSC, limiting its ability to participate in research studies unrelated to COVID-19.
The pause on health and social care research projects for educational purposes has now been extended until September 2021. This decision is in line with national priorities for NHS/HSC to support COVID-19 studies and the restart of clinical trials and studies as well as the continuing pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision has been taken in collaboration with partners in the devolved administrations.
We are not reviewing applications for individual undergraduate and master’s student research projects until September 2021.
Any students with approved studies are reminded to check with the relevant NHS/HSC organisations locally about whether or not their projects may continue.
We are committed to engaging our stakeholders as part of the development of ongoing guidelines for student research.
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