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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether NHS Research Ethics Committee approval is required or not, 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.
|Month||Date of NICR meeting||Closing date for submissions|
|April||24 Apr 2018||10 Apr 2018|
|May||22 May 2018||08 May 2018|
|June||26 Jun 2018||12 Jun 2018|
|July||No July meeting|
|August||21 Aug 2018||07 Aug 2018|
|September||25 Sep 2018||11 Sep 2018|
|October||23 Oct 2018||19 Oct 2018|
|December||11 Dec 2018||27 Nov 2018|
Applicants should make themselves available between 11:00 and 15:00 to take enquiries from committee should the need arise. Please ensure an appropriate contact telephone number is provided on your NICR coversheet.
|Steven Waters||Lay Chair|
|Josie Evans||Depute Chair|
|Nicola Cunningham||Health Sciences|
|Lesley Sinclair||Inst. for Social Marketing|
|Douglas Eadie||Inst. for Social Marketing|
|Anne Taylor||Health Sciences|
|Stuart Hislop||Lay Member|
|Dawn Cameron||Health Sciences|
|Kate Clarke||Health Sciences|
|Paul Rigby||Social Sciences|
|Benjamin Dering||Natural Sciences|
|Magdelena Ietswaart||Natural Sciences|
Get in touch with the NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research Committee.