Research Ethics and Integrity
The University of Nottingham requires all staff and students who are engaged in research to maintain the highest standards of integrity whilst conducting their research.
Researchers must adhere to the University's principles for research ethics and integrity which are outlined within the documents below. Please also visit the University Research and Integrity webpages.
Research Ethics Committee
The Research Ethics Committee (REC) manages and monitors research and integrity procedures for the school. The Committee is chaired by Dr Melanie Jordan and presently has 16 members. View a full list of REC members.
All research carried out within the school by staff and students which involves the participation of human subjects and/or their data must first be reviewed by the Research Ethics Committee to ensure compliance with the University guidelines and good practice. Research in these cases cannot commence until an ethics application has been submitted to REC and a favourable opinion has been received. The process of full ethical review may take between 4-6 weeks therefore please plan accordingly.
Application for Ethical Review
This flowchart may assist you if you are unsure if your research requires ethical review by REC. If still in doubt or you have any other queries relating to research ethics, please contact the Ethics admin team via the email link below. Full details about the application process are available below. Please follow the appropriate link for the application templates and guidance.
Please follow the links below for further guidance and the process pages.
Fieldwork and overseas travel for research
Note: Please read the policy guidance regarding face to face data collection and travel (login required). Please use the information below if planning future face to face research data collection.
All staff and students conducting fieldwork must adhere to the University fieldwork policy and guidance. Overseas fieldwork is also subject to review by University of Nottingham Insurance Department/Registrars Office. This process can be lengthy, and researchers are strongly advised to factor this in when planning your research.
Please visit Business Travel for insurance and purchasing information. You can also view our overseas travel policy and FCO guidance. The Travel Advice Flowchart shows the University's procedures for organising all travel abroad on University business.
Complaints or expressions of concern about the unethical conduct of research by SSP researchers can be directed to the school Research Ethics Committee in the first instance. The Committee is responsible for initially responding to any evidence that research is carried out that is either:
- not approved by the school Ethics Committee or
- not conducted in conformity with the proposal approved by the school Research Ethics Committee
The school adheres to the Code of Practice on Handling Allegations of Research Misconduct
Email the school Ethics Team