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 section of the ethics approval form. The form must then be signed 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.

Request ethical approval from the General University Ethics Panel

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

05 Jun 2020

23 Jun 2020

03 July 2020 21 July 2020
31 July 2020 18 Aug 2020
04 Sep 2020 22 Sep 2020
02 Oct 2020 20 Oct 2020
30 Oct 2020 17 Nov 2020
27 Nov 2020 15 Dec 2020

Position

Name

Faculty

Lay Chair

Marilyn Moore

 

Deputy Chairs

Helen Cheyne

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Catherine Hennessy

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Iain McRury

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Committee Members 

Sian Lucas (Maternity leave)

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Stella Mouroutsou

Faculty of Social Sciences 
 

Melanie Lovatt

Faculty of Social Sciences
 

Rosie Seaman

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Fiona Morrison

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Constantinos Xenofontos

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Grant Gibson

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Maria Fotopoulou

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Margaret Conlon

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Andy Kirkland

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Sarah Zipp

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Emma King

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Emma France

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Purva Adhyankar

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Ruaraidh Dobson

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Rachel O'Donnell

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

 

Simon Hope

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

 

Guido Noto La Diega

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

 

Lisa Evans 

Stirling Management School

 

David McMillan

Stirling Management School

 

Anna Kirpichnikova

Faculty of Natural Sciences

 

Jennifer Dickie

Faculty of Natural Sciences

 

Bruce McAdam

Faculty of Natural Sciences

 

Kumiko Fukumura

Faculty of Natural Sciences

 

Thiago Silva

Faculty of Nautral Sciences

Expert member

Alec Spencer

 

 Lay members

Irene Aylott

 

 

Clare Dawson

 

 

Kirsty Watson

 

Administrator

Claire Exley

Research and Innovation Services

 

Contact GUEP

Get in touch with the General University Ethics Panel.