General University Ethics Panel (GUEP)

The General University Ethics Panel (GUEP) considers most other proposals which do not involve animals, require approval by the NHS Research Ethics Committee or involve physically invasive procedures or intrusive interventions on human participants.

Please ensure you have followed the Ethics Decision Treeand are therefore applying to the correct Research Ethics Committee.

 Ethical approval process for staff and research postgraduates:

  • If the proposed research is considered to have no ethical considerations or if the implications are unknown, please complete a Research Proposal Ethics Checklist. Completed forms should be signed, dated and emailed to ethics@stir.ac.uk. If you have answered YES to any of the questions on the checklist, ethical approval through one of the three Research Ethics Committees is required.
  • If ethical approval through GUEP is identified, please complete a GUEP Ethical Approval Form and send this, along with any supporting documentation, to the GUEP Secretary via email to guep@stir.ac.uk.  Adequate time should be given for approval, following the schedule of meeting dates and corresponding paper submission dates. Expedited (fast-tracked) approval is not usually possible.
  • If appropriate, a risk assessment form should be completed and submitted to your Faculty Safety Officer. Confirmation that the risk assessment is in progress should be provided to GUEP. 

Ethical approval process for undergraduate students and taught postgraduates

  • ALL end of year dissertations, for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students need to be considered for ethical implications. If the proposed research is considered to have no ethical considerations or if the implications are unknown, please complete a Research Proposal Ethics Checklist. Completed forms should be signed, dated and emailed to ethics@stir.ac.uk
  • The General University Ethics Panel (GUEP) considers proposals which are confirmed as having ethical implications which do not involve animals, require approval by the NHS Research Ethics Service or involve physically invasive procedures or intrusive interventions on human participants. 
  • Please complete a Student Research/Project Ethical Approval Form in consultation with your supervisor, and check your degree/discipline handbook for submission procedures or, if in doubt submit this by email to the GUEP Secretary guep@stir.ac.uk copying in your supervisor.
  • If you are undertaking fieldwork, you will be required to have a risk assessment approved by your Faculty Safety Officer prior to commencing your research.

 Committee information

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