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Research ethics

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UWE is committed to promoting high ethical standards in the conduct of research undertaken by its staff and students. All research involving human participants and/or human tissues requires ethical approval by the University's Research Ethics Committee (UREC) or one of its Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs).

Applying for ethical approval

The application process, approval pathways (within the University and by external research ethics committees (RECs)) and the UWE research ethics application form.


Guidance on specific topics: Children, sponsorship, evaluation studies and Social media.


Policy and procedures

The UWE policy and procedures for research ethical approval and operating procedures for student projects and research with human tissue.

Research Governance

Research ethics is a key element of research governance which includes research data management, insurance, financial probity and intellectual property, health and safety, etc.

Page last updated 24 September 2015

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