College of Human & Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee

Since February 2017, The Medical School has had their own separate Research Ethics Committee.

For any Medical School Submissions, please visit the Medical School Research Ethics and Governance Committee Web Page

The remit of the College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS) Research Ethics Committee (REC) is as follows:

CHHS Students: To ethically review all *research on human participants and/or data which is not publicly available. (When conducting research outside the UK, ethical permission should be sought locally as well as through the College ethics committee).

*In respect of students, the term ‘research’ is given a broader definition to encompass service evaluation, where this concerns human participants.

CHHS Staff: To provide ethical review for research on human participants and/or data which is not publicly available when no other system for formal ethical review is available.

*Where research involves the collection of human samples from non-NHS patients and they are storing that tissue for any period of time they either need to have NHS REC approval or hold it under the HTA licence – University REC is not sufficient for storing human samples, even if they are from healthy volunteers / students. See Swansea University guidelines on collection of human tissue 


  • Research by staff which requires NHS research ethics scrutiny
  • Research where no human subjects or personal data are accessed (such as a review of literature)
  • Research using publicly available data.
  • Personal reflective practice based work.


Your electronic submission should all be contained within 1 document, signed by applicant (where relevant both applicant and academic supervisor) and should be emailed to:

Application form and guidance notes

Download exemplars of anonymised submissions:

1. Staff Application form ;
2. PHD First stage application form
3. PHD Second stage application form

Please note that these are exemplars only, as opposed to pro forma’s and you should complete the relevant documentation according to your own project rather than attempting to fit your study to these exemplars. Further exemplars will follow in due course.

Download the application form here:  Application for Standard Ethical Approval (V.06/15)

Download the guidance notes here: Guidance notes for Standard Ethical Approval - May 2018

Download the notes for ethical principles here: Notes on Ethical Principles

Download GDPR & Research - a practical guide here:  GDPR and Research Guide

Download a participant information sheet here:  Participant Information Sheet - June 2018

Download an Examplar of the Particpant Consent Form Here:  Participant Consent Form 2018




Committee membership

The committee is comprised of a body of staff members within the CHHS and the medical school with relevant expertise (e.g. knowledge of healthcare law, various kinds of research and nursing practice, and healthcare ethics), including the secretary of the committee.

To see the current membership and expertise of the committee, click here.


Meetings are held monthly, usually on the first Monday of the month. Applications received by 5p.m. two weeks before each meeting will be considered.

To see the dates for the next meeting, please click here.

Research Integrity

Full information and the University's guidelines regarding research integrity can be found here.

Research Governance and Research Conduct Complaints

For queries on Research Governance please contact

Participants should be informed of their right to complain about research misconduct and may do so by emailing

Contact us

Use the links on the side to find further information, or contact the Committee's administrator, Dr Rachel Bird on or 01792 295280.