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There are two ethics procedures in place for SSIS staff and students: 

  • Staff and Students in the Graduate School of Education should use the following: GSE Staff and Student ethics documents
  • All other SSIS staff and students should follow the guidance on this page. 

Before preparing an application all applicants should:

1. Consider carefully the timeframe for the proposal research bearing in mind the schedule below. The frequency of meetings is set to address the high volume of applications to be considered; this also means the Committee are unable to consider applications outside the schedule other than in wholly exceptional circumstances.

2.  Read and utilise the SSIS Ethics Guidance 2018 version 2 which sets out:

  • the processes which apply to taught students, research students and staff 
  • detailed guidance for applicants relating to each section, with particular reference to data protection and storage, and the assessment of possible harm. 

3. Take the time to read the SSIS Ethics Committee Top Tips

2020/21 Meetings

Submission deadlineMeeting dateDecisions issued
Wednesday 23 September (5pm) Wednesday 30 September 2020 Wednesday 7 October 2020
Wednesday  4 November (5pm) Wednesday 18 November 2020 Wednesday 2 December 2020
Wednesday 13 January 2021 (5pm)

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Wednesday 3  March 2021 (5pm)

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Wednesday 31  March 2021

Wednesday 21 April 2021 (5pm)

Wednesday          5 May 2021

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Wednesday 07 July 2021 (5pm)

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Wednesday 4 August 2021


SSIS Ethics Advice Drop-in Surgeries

Advice is offered to researchers planning to submit a proposal for ethics review.

In addition to contacting your departmental ethics representative occasional drop-in surgeries on Zoom for advice are scheduled for the following dates:

Date Time Zoom Details
31st March 2021 14:00 to 15:00

Meeting ID: 968 7430 0466
Password: RECAdvice

18th May 2021 14:00 to 15:00

Meeting ID: 988 8943 5613
Password: RECAdvice

23rd June 2021 14:00 to 15:00

Meeting ID: 974 5842 6339
Password: RECAdvice

These surgeries are open to all staff and students in SSIS seeking advice about ethics. Should you need further advice please refer to your Department Ethics Representative or email


Introduction to Research Ethics Course

This session is relevant for all researchers, regardless of career stage. It is required for all postgraduateb research students who intend to conduct human participant research and strongly encouraged for academic staff. The course provides an introduction to theoretical frameworks and codes of practice, the principles of research ethics, the process of research ethics review and provides an opportunity for researchers to reflect on the ethical implications of their work.

As a result of attending, you will:

  • Understand the principles of ethical research design and conduct
  • Have an awareness of relevant codes of practice and guidelines
  • Know when and how ethical review should be sought for research
  • Know where to find guidance, advice and support

The session is being run monthly, 12:00-13:00, via Microsoft Teams. To register, or if you have any queries, please contact Nikki Clews at


SSIS Research Ethics Committee Members 2020/21

Departmental Representatives:

University Ethics Officer & Secretary to the Committee:

Staff and Post Graduate Student projects involving interviews, questionnaires or observation of people need to be submitted for an ethical review to the Ethics Committee. The documents on this page aim to guide you through the process of preparing an ethics proposal.

You should read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and CSSIS Ethics Guidance before submitting your proposal. If you require further advice please contact your supervisor or departmental representative.

Ethics approval can be a lengthy process (3 – 6 months) so please pay close attention to the meeting dates and deadlines. Applications will not be considered outside the meeting schedule other than in exceptional circumstances (see interim applications below).

Deadlines for applications to, and dates of, the SSIS Ethics Committee meetings can be found in the table above. Queries regarding the content of your application should be directed to your Departmental representative (above).

Students should seek advice and support from their supervisors prior to submission. Student applications MUST be read and approved by their supervisor prior to submission and an email confirming this must be included with the submission.

Once complete, please email your application to the following:

Staff and Post Graduate Students in: Egenis, the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Law, Politics, the Strategy & Security Institute, and Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology:

Ethics approval can be a lengthy process (3 – 6 months) so please pay close attention to the meeting dates and deadlines.

Applications will not be considered outside of the scheduled meetings other than in wholly exceptional circumstances which are demonstrably beyond your control.

Whether or not your request for interim approval is granted is at the discretion of the Committee Chair.

If you wish to request interim review please submit your request to, attaching your application giving the reason for your request and the date by which a decision is needed in the covering email.

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