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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 27 August 2019Tuesday 10 September 2019
Tuesday 24 September 2019

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Tuesday 29 October 2019Tuesday 12 November 2019
Tuesday 26 November 2019Tuesday 10 December 2019
Tuesday 7 January 2020Tuesday 21 January 2020
Tuesday 28 January 2020Tuesday 11 February 2020
Tuesday 25 February 2020Tuesday 10 March 2020
Tuesday 24 March 2020Tuesday 7 April 2020
Tuesday 28 April 2020Tuesday 12 May 2020
Tuesday 26 May 2020Tuesday 9 June 2020
Tuesday 23 June 2020Tuesday 7 July 2020
Tuesday 14 July 2020Tuesday 28 July 2020

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