General University Ethics Panel

The General University Ethics Panel (GUEP) considers most research 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.

The panel helps to ensure that all research carried out by University of Stirling staff and students is subject to the same high ethical standards we apply to animal or clinical research. Research areas considered by the GUEP might include – but are not limited to – environmental, social or digital research.

GUEP Process for Undergraduates & Postgraduate Taught Students

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught student ethics applications are assessed at Faculty level and approved on a risk based approach. The risk based approach considers potential harms to the primary research participant, the researcher, environment and other stakeholders, and will assess applications against the University’s hierarchy of risk.

Students who carry out low risk research must complete the low risk ethics approval approval process via ERM. This must then be signed off by both their dissertation supervisor and either the second supervisor or the module coordinator. Any application that exceeds minimal risk must further be approved by the Delegated Authority within the Faculty. 

Students are responsible for ensuring that ethical approval has been granted before any data collection or fieldwork commences. Deliberate avoidance or refusal to engage with the ethical review process will be considered to be an act of academic misconduct by the student and handled in accordance with the Academic Misconduct Policy. 

Ethics review process for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Related links

Information for University staff and students

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.

Applications due (5pm)

Meeting date

17 November 2023 05 December 2023
8 January 2024 23 January 2024
2 February 2024 22 February 2024
1 March 2024 19 March 2024
5 April 2024 23 April 2024
3 May 2024 21 May 2024
31 May 2024 18 June 2024
28 June 2024 16 July 2024
26 July 2024 13 August 2024
23 August 2024 10 September 2024 
20 September 2024 8 October 2024
18 October 2024 5 November 2024
15 November 2024 3 December 2024

GUEP Membership




Lay Chair

Marilyn Moore


Deputy Chairs

Danny Campbell



Catherine Hennessy

Faculty of Social Sciences


Iain MacRury

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Panel Members 

Stella Mouroutsou

Faculty of Social Sciences 

Louise Hoyle

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Grant Gibson

Faculty of Social Sciences


Saihong Li

Faculty of Arts and Humanities 


Ben Matthews

Faculty of Social Sciences


Andrew Kirkland

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport


William McConn-


Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport


Emma King

Faculty of Social Sciences


Emma France

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport


Sossie Kasbarian

Faculty of Arts and Humanities 


Danielle Mitchell

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport


Simon Hope

Faculty of Arts & Humanities


Lisa Evans 

Stirling Management School


Patrick Herbst

Stirling Management School


David McMillan

Stirling Management School


Ashley Brown 

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport 


Jamie Macpherson

Student, Academic & Corporate Services


Gabriela Ochoa

Faculty of Natural Sciences 


Dave Little

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Kumiko Fukumura

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Tony Robertson

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Sarah Greenwood 

Faculty of Natural Sciences


Gemma Learmonth

Faculty of Natural Sciences 

Expert member

Alec Spencer


 Lay members

Irene Aylott



Kirsty Watson



Ashley Taylor 



James Baker 

Research, Innovation and Business Engagement


Samantha Coe

Research, Innovation and Business Engagement

Contact GUEP

Get in touch with the General University Ethics Panel.