Important Information on Coronavirus and Research Ethics

  • For UG and PGT students studies involving face-to-face contact with participants should suspend activity until further notice and no approval for face to face research will be issued until further notice. UG/PGT students should refer to the guidance on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Forms and Guidance Notes page of this website.
  • The College Research Ethics Committee will continue to accept and review staff and PGR student applications and where appropriate approve face to face activity. (Approval may be granted in principle pending the lifting of current social distancing measures.)
  • All face to face research on campus must be conducted in line with the University COVID-19 return to campus guidance. Details can be found on the University Guidance on Coronavirus for staff and students.
  • Ethical approval does not necessarily mean that the research can go ahead. In addition to ethical approval, all research activity involving a physical presence on campus must be discussed and approved by individual Schools/Institutes. This is the responsibility of the investigators.
  • In relation to overseas data collection, at present the UK Government advises against all but essential travel. Some exceptions are listed and this should be confirmed before travel arrangements are made. The University Guidance on Coronavirus must be consulted and there is additional information for researchers available at Research Information Management advice. Detailed guidance on the requirements of the country you are travelling to are available on the UK Government Foreign Travel website and this should be consulted before travel arrangements are made.
  • Applications that plan to adopt virtual/digital/online approaches subject to the usual review process may still be approved but the final point below is extremely important. Some guidance on tools for online data collection is available on Data Management Advice 8 April 2020.
  • The responsibility lies with researchers to confirm that ethical approval is not required when using secondary data sources: refer to Secondary data (not requiring ethical approval) 27042020 Word Doc. before commencing research.
  • If working remotely, data protection legislation and data management plans must be followed. Any researchers conducting studies involving participants should consider the implications of any IT limitations on data management plans and ensure that all research continues to comply with GDPR. Please contact for further advice.