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Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology: Research Ethics


The University of Nottingham’s Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics (2016) underpins the University’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, rigour and excellence in all aspects of our research and for all research to be conducted according to the appropriate ethical, legal and professional standards.

Ethical review and approval is required for all projects where the research involves people as participants. The aim is to ensure that research contributes to the common good, does not harm anyone and is sensitive to the needs of research participants.




Policy on Ethical Review 

In the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology all our research projects are reviewed by an appropriate Research Ethics Committee. Approval has to be granted before these studies can begin.

The Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology’s Research Ethics Sub-Committee oversees all its student research projects. This process is authorised and overseen by the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences’ Research Ethics Committee.

Ethical Review of Student Research Projects 

Step 1 - Discuss

All students discuss their proposed research project with their supervisor to find out the most appropriate route for ethical review.

There are several routes to obtaining ethical review and approval. Studies involving National Health Service (NHS) or National Offender Management Service (NOMS) staff, facilities, premises or data are managed by The University of Nottingham Sponsor Team. Please email giving an outline of your proposed study and they will send you the correct information and links to forms that you need to complete and advise on which Research Ethics Committee should review it. 

In the first instance their research ideas and proposed research materials undergo careful scrutiny by their supervisor. Some projects, for example that use existing anonymised records or data already in the public domain, may not require full review.

Ethical review is designed not only to protect our research participants from harm, but also as a learning process for students. For example, students learn about conducting research honestly and professionally, respecting the dignity and worth of research participants and now to protect their anonymity where required. They undertake to abide the University’s Code of Research Conduct and Ethics, and the Good practice for conducting research abroad (if relevant).

Step 2 - Submitting an application 

The application form for ethical review of student projects and a set of Guidance Notes on how to complete that form are available here:

The Guidance Notes outline the details of the ethical review process and schedules, and provide links to other useful sources of information.  In addition, we provide students with templates that they can adapt:

These forms will be regularly updated and new information added to this webpage. When ready to undertake their project, students are advised to download forms directly from this webpage, as they will always represent the most up-to-date versions. We aim in the future to include examples of completed forms that have successfully passed ethical review for students to use as models.

Step 3 - The review process

When the supervisor has conducted an initial review of the student’s research project, and is satisfied that that the student has been advised how to avoid or deal with likely risks, and that the ethical review form has been properly completed, he or she authorises and submits it to the division’s Research Ethics Sub-Committee for second-level review.

The committee will only approve projects that, in their view, have dealt adequately with any ethical issues. Those who fail to do so will be returned for amendments. Proposals that have successfully passed review will be allocated a reference number and a formal letter of approval will be provided.  However, even once ethical approval has been granted, students are advised to be constantly alert for potential ethical issues during their studies and undertake to discuss any emerging problems with their supervisors.




The Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology’s Research Ethics Sub-Committee involves academic staff with a range of expertise from various sub-specialties in Psychiatry and Psychology. 

Administrative support

Administrative support is provided by: 

  • Eleanor Jennings (MSc student projects)
  • Adrian Pantry (PhD, Professional Doctorate and BMedSci student projects)


Quick downloads

Ethics Review - Guidance for Supervisors and Students

Ethics Review - Application form

Ethics Review - Student declaration

Ethics Review - Participant information template

Ethics Review - Participant consent template

Ethics Review - Online participant information and consent template

Ethics Review - Amendment form







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