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School research ethics committee

Research involving human participants, human material and/or human data is subject to formal ethical review and approval before such work can be started.

Our Research and Ethics Committee is responsible for granting ethical approval for non-clinical research involving human participants, material or data.

  • All PhD and Professional Doctorate Student projects.
  • Members of staff undertaking research not requiring HRA ethical approval.
  • Masters students (excluding MSc Advanced Practice).
  • Members of staff undertaking research not requiring HRA ethical approval.

The Committee will also oversee administration of undergraduate research project

Application process

To apply for ethical approval you will need to complete the Application for Project and/or School Ethics Approval form and submit to

Cardiff University staff and students can refer to the examples and guidance about writing participant information sheets and consent forms on postgraduate Learning Central.


Copy of application form is forwarded to Lead reviewer for comments. The lead reviewer then completes the Lead Reviewers' form and returns to


Meetings take place on a monthly basis but applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the meeting date in order to allow time for them to be reviewed.

Submission and meeting dates

Application submitted byMeeting date
Tuesday 8 January 2019Tuesday 22 January 2019
Tuesday 29 January 2019

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Tuesday 26 February 2019Tuesday 12 March 2019
Tuesday 26 March 2019Tuesday 9 April 2019
Tuesday 30  April 2019Tuesday 14 May 2019
Tuesday 21 May 2019Tuesday 11 June 2019
Tuesday 25 June 2019Tuesday 9 July 2019
Tuesday 16 July 2019Tuesday 30 July 2019

Committee decision

Application and Lead reviewer comments are considered by the Committee and a decision communicated to applicant within 5 working days of the date of the meeting .

Committee recommendation can include:

  • pass with amendments - amendments to be forwarded to Chair and Lead reviewer for final decision
  • pass proceed with supervisor collaboration - applicant to confirm to Committee Chair minor amendments have been addressed
  • resubmit to relevant Committee once amendments addressed
  • declined - applicant to consider new or altered project with new application submitted to relevant committee.


Research can commence for projects only when ethical approval has been granted.

Ethical approval

Information regarding ethical approval for clinical research involving human participants, material and/or data can be accessed via the NHS Health Research Authority.


For further information:

Healthcare Sciences Ethics Committee