Research requiring approval from the NICR committee includes, but is not restricted to:
Staff and students carrying out the types of research described on this page always need approval from the University’s NICR committee, but may also need to seek NHS Research and Development and NHS Research Ethics Committee approval via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS). If you have any questions about seeking ethical approval through IRAS, please contact us at email@example.com.
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.
Approval through NICR should proceed as outlined below:
Staff should complete and submit an IRAS application form, then send a copy of the application (including reference number) to NICR along with their completed NICR approval coversheet.
Students should complete an IRAS application form, but not submit it. Instead, they should save a copy of the IRAS PDF form and send it to us alongside their completed NICR approval coversheet for authorisation.
As well as NHS REC approval through the IRAS system applicants are also required to confirm the sponsor for your project and provide proof of indemnity cover as part of your application. Letters confirming both sponsorship and indemnity will be provided by Research and Innovation Services.
The process for obtaining letters:
Please allow time for this process as both letters will only be issued once the above process has been completed. In addition, indemnity letters may not be issued immediately as any high risk topics (e.g. pregnant women or small children) may require confirmation from the University insurer that the project will be covered.
The NICR committee meets regularly throughout the year to consider ethical approval applications. See their schedule of upcoming meetings and submission deadlines below.
|14 Jan 2020||
28 Jan 2020
|11 Feb 2020||
25 Feb 2020
|10 March 2020||
31 March 2020
|7 April 2020||
28 April 2020
|12 May 2020||
26 May 2020
|16 June 2020||
30 June 2020
|No meeting in July||
No meeting in July
|11 August 2020||
25 August 2020
|15 Sept 2020||
29 Sep 2020
|13 Oct 2020||
27 Oct 2020
|10 Nov 2020||
24 Nov 2020
|6 Dec 2020||
22 Dec 2020
|Steven Waters||Lay Chair|
|Josie Evans||Co-Deputy Chair|
|Fiona Harris||Co-Deputy Chair|
|Anne Whittaker||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Niels Vollaard||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Thomas Di Virgilio||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Nicola Cunningham||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Allison Ford||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Douglas Eadie||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Eddie Duncan||Health Sciences and Sport|
|William Clark||Lay Member|
|Stuart Hislop||Lay Member|
|Dawn Cameron||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Kate Clarke (Research Leave)||Health Sciences and Sport|
|Paul Rigby (Research Leave)||Social Sciences|
|Sandra Engstrom||Social Sciences|
|Sinead Currie||Natural Sciences|
|Benjamin Dering||Natural Sciences|
Get in touch with the NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research Committee.