School Ethics Fora

Full details of how each individual School Ethics Forum reviews applications is available here.

Adam Smith Business School

Reviews are conducted through the email system by one member of the Committee due to the low-risk applications in the ASBS. In the relatively few cases the reviews are of high-risk nature, then the Committee member asks for a second opinion/ review of another Committee member or the ASBS Convener. Researchers may request the opportunity to address the reviewers.  This can be done by requesting written queries/information to be forwarded to the reviewers by the administrator.  Members of the Committee must withdraw from consideration of any submission in which they are researchers or supervisors.


School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Reviews at the SIS are conducted electronically through the email system. Usually, in the case of applications that meet the criteria for low risk, they are reviewed by one member of the Committee, and in the case of high-risk applications by two members of the Committee, one of whom leads the process. Researchers may request the opportunity to address the reviewers.  This can be done by requesting written queries/information to be forwarded to the reviewers by the administrator.  Members of the Committee must withdraw from consideration of any submission in which they are researchers or supervisors.


School of Law

Reviews are conducted through the email system and where the application is low-risk it will be considered and approved by one member of the School of Law ethics forum. If a an application is considered to be high-risk, then the application will also be sent to a second reviewer who will also be a member of the School forum. Researchers may request the opportunity to address the reviewers.  This can be done by requesting written queries/information to be forwarded to the reviewers by the administrator.  Members of the Committee must withdraw from consideration of any submission in which they are researchers or supervisors.


School of Education

Reviews are conducted electronically through the online Research Ethics System. Students create an application and select the School of Education Ethics Committee option.  All applications are routinely seen by two reviewers, one of whom is assigned as lead reviewer.  Researchers and/or their supervisors may communicate with the reviewers via the ‘response to feedback form’ which is forwarded by the online system to relevant reviewers.  Any further queries may be passed on to the Ethics Officer whose contact details are provided on the Ethics Contacts page. Reviewers would not be allocated applications in which they are researchers or supervisors. 

The application form can be downloaded from the School of Education 


School of Social and Political Sciences

Reviews at the School of Social and Political Sciences are conducted electronically through the email system. Usually, in the case of applications that meet the criteria for low risk, they are reviewed by one member of the Committee, and in the case of high-risk applications by two members of the Committee, one of whom leads the process. Researchers may request the opportunity to address the reviewers.  This can be done by requesting written queries/information to be forwarded to the reviewers by the administrator.  Members of the Committee must withdraw from consideration of any submission in which they are researchers or supervisors.