The ethical review and approval of non-clinical research involving human participants proposed by staff and students within the School of Science and Engineering is overseen by the School Research Ethics Committee (SREC).

The SREC is responsible for maintaining ethical standards of practice in non-clinical research involving human participants, in order to protect participants and researchers from harm, preserve participants’ rights, and ensure public trust in the conduct of research at the University.

The SREC reports directly to the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), which provides oversight, monitoring and guidance to the six School Research Ethics Committees. For further details on membership and remit of UREC and the SRECS please see here

The School Research Ethics Committee (SREC) consists of the following members:

  • Mrs Kathleen Cummins (Clerical Support)
  • David Flatla
  • Zhihong Huang
  • Robert Keatch
  • David McGloin
  • Andrew Munns
  • Niamh Nic Daeid
  • Alison Pease
  • Jan Vorstius
  • Annalu Waller (Convener)

Research is deemed to be the practice of collecting data about human participants or their behaviour to further knowledge. Data can be collected experimentally, by questionnaire, by interview, observationally, by computer, telephone, over the Internet, or by any means of recording human behaviour.

How to apply for ethical approval within the School of Science and Engineering:

-       If you are part of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, please contact Professor Niamh Nic Daeid (, Chair of the CAHID Ethics Committee, directly.

-       If you are a Student within Computing, please follow instructions found here

For all other applicants, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Application and Guidance Material section of the Research webpages
  2. Read the ‘Guidance for Researchers’.
  3. Download Checklist 1 and complete.
  4. If you are using data, you may require data release forms to confirm you have permission to use 3rd party data, even if your project does not require formal ethical approval.
  5. If you are directed to Checklist 2, download and complete Checklist 2.
  6. If your project is Low Risk, you will use Form A (low risk) to complete your application. Go to Step 9.
  7. If your project is Medium/High Risk, you will use Form B (medium/high risk) to complete your application. Go to Step 9.
  8. Submit Checklist 2, the application form (Form A or Form B) and all other relevant documents by email to

Examples of information sheets and consent forms can be found here

Applications will be dealt within a month of submission.

An example of the feedback form ECb can be found here. This will give you an idea of the information required in your application.