Request ethical approval

If you're a member of University staff or a student, you can apply for ethical approval through the University's Ethical Review Manager.

Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body

Request approval for research that involves animals in any way.

Submission process and deadlines for AWERB

The AWERB panel meets regularly throughout the year to consider ethical approval applications. See their schedule of upcoming meetings below.

Applications are reviewed weekly, we aim to have an outcome within 10 working days. Please submit your application through ERM.

Meeting dates and submission deadlines
Meeting dateTime
11 Dec 2020 10:00 - 12:00
12 March 2021 10:00 - 12:00
11 June 2021 10:00 - 12:00
17 Sept 2021 10:00 - 12:00
10 Dec 2021 10:00 - 12:00


NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research

For health/patient research and other research involving physically invasive procedures or intrusive interventions on human participants.

Submission process and deadlines for NICR

Additional Approval

Approval through NICR should proceed as outlined below.

Staff applying to IRAS

Staff applying through IRAS for ethical approval of their study should complete and submit an IRAS application form. Staff do not require NICR approval before they submit through IRAS.

Once submitted staff should also lodge details of their IRAS application through the Ethics Review Manager (ERM) where they will be asked to upload a PDF copy of their IRAS application.


Students should complete an IRAS application form, but not submit it. Instead, they should save a copy of the IRAS PDF form and submit it through ERM for review by the NICR Panel. Only once NICR have granted approval for submission through IRAS should the application be submitted.

You must discuss with the appropriate NHD R&D Office as to whether NHS R&D approval ONLY is required, or whether NHS R&D and NHS REC approval is required, and seek guidance from them as to the subsequent application process.

The NICR panel meets regularly throughout the year to consider ethical approval applications. See their schedule of upcoming meetings and submission deadlines below.

Application and meeting deadlines

 Applications due


Meeting date        

11 Jan 2021 26 Jan 2021
08 Feb 2021 23 Feb 2021
08 Mar 2021 23 Mar 2021
05 Apr 2021 20 Apr 2021
03 May 2021 18 May 2021
31 May 2021 15 June 2021
02 Aug 2021 17 Aug 2021
30 Aug 2021 14 Sept 2021
27 Sept 2021 12 Oct 2021
25 Oct 2021 09 Nov 2021
29 Nov 2021 14 Dec 2021


General University Ethics Panel

For all other research which has ethical considerations, for example social, digital, environmental.

Submission deadlines

The GUEP panel meets regularly throughout the year to consider ethical approval applications. See their schedule of upcoming meetings and submission deadlines below.

Application deadlines and meeting dates
Applications due (5pm)Meeting date
27 Nov 2020 15 Dec 2020
05 Jan 2021 19 Jan 2021
29 Jan 2021 16 Feb 2021
26 Feb 2021 16 Mar 2021
26 Mar 2021 13 Apr 2021
23 Apr 2021 11 May 2021
21 May 2021 08 Jun 2021
18 Jun 2021 06 Jul 2021
23 Jul 2021 10 Aug 2021
20 Aug 2021 07 Sept 2021
17 Sept 2021 05 Oct 2021
15 Oct 2021 02 Nov 2021
19 Nov 2021 07 Dec 2021


Right of appeal

Researchers wishing to appeal against the decision of one of the Research Ethics Panels (REP) should, in the first instance, appeal the decision with the Chair of the REP. The Chair will review the reasoning for the decision and allow the applicant to present further arguments in favour of the proposal. With agreement from the Deputy Chair the initial decision may be altered. If the issue cannot be satisfactorily resolved at the REP level, the appellant should appeal in writing to the Committee Manager of the University Research Ethics Committee ( within 10 working days of receiving the REP decision. 

Details of the UREC appeals process are described in the Research Ethics Review Appeals Procedure

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.

As part of our commitment to ensuring all research carried out at, or through, the University of Stirling meets our ethical standards, all student dissertations - both undergraduate and postgraduate taught - are considered for ethical implications.

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.

Approved protocols

If using one of the below approved protocols please apply to GUEP (General University Ethics Panel) - unless the research involves NHS patients or other invasive procedures, in which case apply to NICR. Please make reference to the approved protocol that you will be using within your application for approval.

Protocol-EEG-Complete Guidance

Protocol-Use of Research Tokens for Undergraduate Students

Protocol-BioPAC/Physiological recordings for psychological research


If you will be undertaking research within the University's Kindergarten please refer to their established and approved procedures - these are for internal staff and students only. 


If using one of the below approved protocols please apply to the University's NICR (NHS, Invasive and Clinical Research) review panel making reference to the approved protocol in your application. 

Protocol-Max Strength Test

Protocol-Muscle Biopsy

Protocol-Urine/Blood Sampling

Protocol-Alcohol consumption in Adults Volunteers


Protocol Adipose Tissue Biopsy

Please note that the University's ethics panels welcome the use of protocols where appropriate. Please put forward protocols for approval to the relevant panel. 

Contact us

If you have a general question about our ethics policies and procedures, please get in touch.