Research ethics

All research involving human data or material is subject to formal ethical review. For staff and students in the School of Social & Political Sciences, the review process depends on the type of research:

Undergraduate students see below
Postgraduate taught students see below
Postgraduate research students see College Research Ethics Committee
Staff see College Research Ethics Committee

Advice for UG and PGT students

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught projects with an original research element that involves human participants or the use of non-public datasets are required to obtain ethics approval for their research before commencing data collection. This includes individual student dissertations and small or pilot projects undertaken in the context of a particular taught course.

Students seek ethics approval by completing an application form and having their supervisor submit the application on their behalf to the School of Social and Political Sciences Ethics Forum (SEF). Application forms are available at the College Research Ethics Committee page at the link above. Visit the College Research Ethics page for detailed guidance and advice, including templates for the plain language statement and consent form.

How to apply

  1. Discuss research ethics issues with your supervisor
  2. Download and complete the CSS Ethics Application Form from the College Research Ethics page and ensure that you have included the required supporting documentation (for example: Plain Language Statement, Consent Form, Interview schedule etc.)
  3. Send the form to your supervisor and ask for the comments. Remember that your supervisor MUST complete the ‘Comments from Supervisor’ section at Box 1.7 and fill in their name (electronic signature is fine) at Box 6.
  4. Your supervisor must submit the application by email for you:

If you need help or are not sure what to do, please ask! Talk to your research supervisor or to your subject area representative in the School Ethics Forum, as listed below.


Advice for supervisors

Most undergraduate and postgraduate taught students are applying for ethics approval for their dissertation research. If you are a supervisor of dissertation students, your involvement and participation in the ethics approval process is very important. Here are some quick points about what you need to do, and you will find more advice and guidance on the other links on the College ethics webpages:

  1. Discuss research ethics with the student relevant to their particular study area and assist them to fill in the application form – on the CREC website link above;
  2. Add your comments and electronic signature at Box 1.7 and Box 6 – note that ethics applications will be returned if this is not complete and does not include the appropriate supporting documentation (for example: Plain Language Statement, Consent Form, Interview schedule etc). 
  3. At Box 1.7 you must indicate if the application is ‘low risk’. The College provides guidance to help you determine whether the project is low risk. If you identify the project as low risk, the application can be fast-tracked through ethics approval and will only require one SEF reviewer.
  4. YOU must submit the application form on behalf of the student (whether low risk or not). The relevant email addresses are as follows:

If you need help or are not sure what to do, please ask! Talk to your research supervisor or to your subject area representative in the School Ethics Forum, as listed below.


Timeframes

For applications identified as ‘low risk’ by the supervisor, a decision should be provided within 15 days from receipt of application.

For applications not identified as low risk, a decision should be provided within 25 days from receipt of application.


Ethics Committee

Convenor Dr Susan Batchelor
Central & East European Studies Dr Federica Prina
Economic & Social History Dr Felicity Cawley
Politics

Dr Niccole Pamphilis

Prof Maurizio Carbone

Dr Neil Munro

Sociology

Dr Andrew Smith

Mr Richard Brunner

Dr Susan Batchelor

Dr Alicia Davis

Urban Studies

Dr Sohail Ahmad

Dr Tunbosun Oyedokun 

Undergraduate applications & support socpol-ug-ethics@glasgow.ac.uk
Postgraduate applications & support socpol-pgt-ethics@glasgow.ac.uk