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RIMAP Ethics

RIMAP Ethics Committee

All research undertaken within RIMAP requires ethical approval. It is the responsibility of staff and students to ensure that they obtain the necessary ethical approval for research work from the relevant Committee. The ethical application must receive approval before any fieldwork commences.

Professor Luke Hockley is the Chair of the RIMAP Ethics Committee. The purpose of the committee is to provide ethical oversight for all research-based activities conducted by postgraduate students and staff within RIMAP and to ensure that research undertaken within the Institute meets the requirements of the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC).

The panel will meet as required to consider submissions. There will be scheduled meetings in February 2014 and July 2014 in addition to any Chair's Action or further meetings required. Any urgent decisions taken as Chair's Action will be reported to the next meeting of the panel.

The final approval for any programme of research will be given by the Chair of the RIMAP Institute Ethics Committee on the recommendation of the panel. In the case of the Chair being involved in the research programme, final approval will be given by the Director of Research Institute on the recommendation of the panel.

The Chair or Nominee must sign off all research bids and proposals for external funding as having ethical approval and this will be formally recorded in the minutes of the panel. All research bids for external funding are forwarded with a recommendation to UREC for ethical approval.

Postgraduate students should complete the RS1 Ethics application at the same time as the RS1 form. This should be discussed in detail with the Director of Studies prior to submission and include any supporting documentation, such as a questionnaire, at the time of submission.

If any substantial changes are made to the research design, the sampling approach or the data collection methods, a further ethics application to the Committee is required.

The RS1 application and RS1 Ethics forms should be submitted fully signed to the RIMAP Research Administrator either in hard copy or electronically to Further research ethics documentation can be found here

Staff should consider the ethical aspects of research when submitting the initial application for a grant or funding. An application for Ethical approval must be made for all successful research bids. All externally funded research must be approved first by the RIMAP Ethics Committee and then by the UREC. 

Staff should allow for the time that this may take and under no circumstances should research begin until ethical approval is received from both Committees.

Further detailed information for staff:

Applications from staff should be made electronically to

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RIMAP Ethics