School of Health in Social Science

Ethics policy and procedures

All research executed under the auspices of the School of Health in Social Science (SHSS) must have undergone formal ethical review within the UK, prior to commencing data collection.

The School of Health in Social Science has an established Research Ethics Committee to enable ethical review of all research studies that are not otherwise subjected to an ethical review process via the NHS (i.e. via the Integrated Research Application system - IRAS) or similar official public body.

That is, any research, funded or otherwise, by SHSS staff/research fellows or by SHSS students (UG, MRes, taught master’s programmes, taught doctorate programmes and PhD), that is not otherwise subjected to formal ethical review in the UK.

For any queries regarding an IRAS application, please contact CAHSS Research Governance office by e-mail CAHSS.res.ethics@ed.ac.uk or by phone on 0131 651 3916

Complaints: Information about the University of Edinburgh’s Research Misconduct Policy can be found at

UoE Research Misconduct Policy

Any complaints can be made to the Head of School at

hos.health@ed.ac.uk

 

Level 1 - Self-audit

A level 1 self-audit has to be completed for every research study that is not otherwise subjected to formal ethical review.

Research ethics committee

Within the School of Health in Social Science each subject area operates its own ethical review process under the umbrella of the SHSS Research Ethics Committee, which operates under a comprehensive research ethics framework, with clearly-specified generic policies and procedures.

Does my research need ethical review?

Each and every piece of research executed under the auspices of the School of Health in Social Science (regardless of subject area) must have undergone formal ethical review within the UK, prior to commencing data collection.

Outline of ethics process/procedures

The first port of call for all research is your subject area ethics advisory group.

Undergoing ethical review

If you do not know what 'level' of application is required for your study, please see Outline of School of Health and Social Science ethics process/procedures.

Level 2 and 3 ethics application

The single application form will guide you as to whether it is necessary to complete this part of the form.

How long will the ethical review take?

All those involved in the review process have other roles and commitments, with ethical review having to be fitted in around these.

Research Support Office

Visit the research support office webpages for information for researchers on relevant policies, codes of practice, training, guidance and support on research integrity from.