Forms and Guidance

Applying for ethical approval - staff and research postgraduates

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 ethics@stir.ac.uk. Please note you should expect to receive acknowledgement of your checklist within 2 working days - please contact ethics@stir.ac.uk 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.  

Applying for ethical approval - students

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

  1. If you are still unsure about the ethical implications of your proposed research, or there appear to be no ethical implications, complete a Research Proposal Ethics Checklist. You will need your supervisor's signature and should submit your completed form by email to ethics@stir.ac.uk. Please note you should expect to receive acknowledgement of your checklist within 2 working days - please contact ethics@stir.ac.uk if you have not.
  2. If your proposed research involves animals in any way, approval is required from the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB). Visit the AWERB page for instructions on how to apply to this committee.
  3. If your proposed research involves NHS patients, NHS staff or takes place in NHS sites; health/patient research taking place in health service settings in other countries OR entails invasive procedures or intrusive interventions on human participants, approval is required from the NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research (NICR) committee. Visit the NICR page for instruction on how to apply to this committee.
  4. For all other research with ethical implications, ethical review by the General University Ethics Panel (GUEP) is required. Visit the GUEP page for instructions on how to apply to this committee

Principles, guidance and forms

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:

 

 

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