Research Ethics

Research Ethics.



Stage 1 Research Ethics Application Form
Section 1: Details of the Researcher and their Research
N.B. If you are conducting research that involves ‘animals (dead or alive) and significant habitats’, please use the Stage 1 Research Ethics Application Form involving Animals and Habitats (
Applicants carrying out research with children or vulnerable adults may also need to carry out an online Safeguarding course and submit the pass certificate with their ethics application. Please refer to the Question Specific Advice for the Stage 1 Research Ethics Application Form at the above weblink.


Researcher details
First name
Family name
Email address
Name of Institution where you study or work
Are you:

Please tick  Undergraduate (UG) Student
 Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Student
 Postgraduate Research (PGR) Student
 Member of ARU Staff
 Member of ARU staff carrying out Masters/Doctorate research
Students (including staff proposing research on a course/programme)
Your SID
Your course/programme title
Name of your First Supervisor (for PGR) or Supervisor (for UG and PGT)
Research details
Title of your research project
N.B. For UG/PGT students, this is not the title of your research module
Name and institutional affiliation of any research collaborators
Date of application
Start date of proposed research
Brief Project Summary (up to 700 words) Please summarise your research in non-specialist language.

Please describe where relevant:

Methodology (please describe what you plan to do as opposed to providing a background in your chosen methodology)
Theoretical approaches
Research questions
Details of participant population (recruitment, inclusion and exclusion criteria










Please explain the potential value of your research to society and/or the economy and its potential to improve knowledge and understanding.







Section 2: Research Ethics Checklist (Refer to Section 3 for an explanation of the colour coding.)
N.B. If you are conducting research that involves ‘animals and significant habitats’, please use the Stage 1 Research Ethics Application Form involving Animals and Habitats (
You must provide a response to ALL questions. Please refer to the Question Specific Advice for completing the Stage 1 Research Ethics Application Form for guidance.

Will your r esearch (delete as appropriate):
1 Involve human participants? YES NO
2 Utilise data that is not publically available? YES NO
3 Create a risk that individuals and/or organisations could be identified in the outputs? YES NO
4 Involve participants whose responses could be influenced by your relationship with them or by any perceived, or real, conflicts of interest? YES NO
5 Involve the co-operation of a ‘gatekeeper’ to gain access to participants? YES NO
6 Offer financial or other forms of incentives to participants? YES NO
7 Involve the possibility that any incidental health issues relating to participants could be identified? YES NO
8 Involve the discussion of topics that participants may find distressing? YES NO
9 Take place outside of the country where you work and/or are enrolled to study? YES NO
10 Cause a negative impact on the environment (over and above that of normal daily activity)? YES NO
11 Involve genetic modification of human tissue, or use of genetically modified organisms classified as Class One activities? . YES NO
12 Involve genetic modification of human tissue, or use of genetically modified organisms above Class One activities? . YES NO
13 Collect, use or store any human tissue or DNA (including but not limited to, serum, plasma, organs, saliva, urine, hair and nails)? YES NO
14 Involve medical research with humans, including clinical trials or medical devices? YES NO
15 Involve the administration of drugs, placebos or other substances (e.g. food, vitamins) to humans? YES NO
16 Cause (or have the potential to cause) pain, physical or psychological harm or negative consequences to humans? YES NO
17 Involve the collection of data without the consent of participants, or other forms of deception? YES NO
18 Involve interventions with people aged 16 years of age and under? YES NO
19 Relate to military sites, personnel, equipment, or the defence industry? YES NO
20 Risk damage/disturbance to culturally, spiritually or historically significant artefacts/places, or human remains? YES NO
21 Contain research methodologies you, or members of your team, require training to carry out? YES NO
22 Involve access to, or use (including internet use) of, material covered by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015), or the Terrorism Act (2006), or which could be classified as security sensitive? YES

Yes NO
23 Risk being construed as encouraging terrorism or inviting support for proscribed organisations and/or contain extremist views that risk drawing people into terrorism or are shared by extremist groups YES NO
24 Involve you or participants in a) activities which may be illegal and/or b) the observation, handling or storage (including export) of information or material which may be regarded as illegal? YES NO
25 Does your research involve the NHS (require Health Research Authority and/or NHS REC and NHS R&D Office cost and capacity checks)? YES NO
26 Require ethical approval from any recognised external agencies (Social Care, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence)? YES NO
27 Involve individuals aged 16 years of age and over who lack ‘capacity to consent’ and therefore fall under the Mental Capacity Act (2005)? YES NO
28 Involve processing special category data and/or intend to recruit 100 or over participants? (only answer if your research involves the EEA – see Section 5 for further information).

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