Use our Ethics Decision Tree to determine what action is required.
If you are unsure about the ethical implications of your research, please complete a Research Proposal Ethics Checklist. A completed and signed Ethics Checklist is required for all research proposals that are not being submitted to one of the cross-faculty Research Ethics Committees (RECs) for review. Once complete, this Checklist should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note you should expect to receive acknowledgement of your checklist within 2 working days - please contact email@example.com if you have not.
If you are aware that your research requires ethical approval by one of the ethics committees (RECs), completion of a checklist is not required. Please complete a Research Proposal Ethical Approval Form for the appropriate committee and submit this, along with any supporting documentation, to the committee secretary via email.
All undergraduate and taught postgraduate dissertation projects need to go through ethical review even if they are considered to have no ethical implications.
Use our Ethics Decision Tree to determine what action is required. You will need to complete one of the following four actions
The University of Stirling is committed to ensuring that all research conducted under our auspices is in accordance with the appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards. The University’s ethical review process exists to ensure that our research activities continue to fulfil high ethical standards as well as legal obligations and safety standards.
The University’s guidelines for research ethics committees draw on the requirements of a number of institutions including; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Framework for Research Ethics, the provisions of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA), the British Psychological Society, the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and other institutions to which the University is accountable. Due cognisance of both University and discipline-specific ethical standards and norms for practice-based research should be taken.
Please click on the following links to download the ethics guidance and forms you require:
Research Ethics Committee Guidelines