Research Ethics and Online Process

Visit the Student Research Ethics Hub
Visit the Staff  & PGR Research Ethics Hub
Coventry University Group Research Ethics Statement
Coventry University Group Research Ethics Review and Approval Procedure
Coventry University Group Research Ethics Amendment Procedure
Research Ethics Block Approval Guidance (staff only)

User Guides
Introduction into CU Ethics
Ethics process flowchart (student applications)
Ethics process flowchart (staff applications)
Where is my ethics application? (summary of stages/status of ethics application)
Research Ethics Reviewers Checklist

CU Ethics Online System (students)
CU Ethics Online System (staff as applicants)
CU Ethics Online System (supervisors)
CU Ethics Online System (reviewers)

Block Approval Guide - for Module Leaders

Participant Information, Consent and Recruitment

Please use the templates below for participant information. All templates have been updated by the Information Governance Unit to be used from August 2022.

Participant Information:
Participant Information Sheet Template
Participant Information Sheet Guidance

Informed Consent Form Template
Research Consent Guidance

Online Questionnaires:
Online Questionnaire Participant Information and Consent Template - Anonymous Data
Online Questionnaire Participant Information and Consent Template - Identifiable Data 

Recruitment of participants: 
Gatekeeper Letter Template
Recruitment of Participants in Research Guidance
Research Participant Incentives Guidance

Debrief Template

Health & Safety

The University has a legal duty of care to ensure that the any risks to health and safety created by research projects are appropriately controlled. CU ETHICS applications submitted are reviewed and authorised online using a controlled process that is modelled on the current Coventry University Policy and includes a prompt for Health & Safety Risk Assessment considerations

Health and Safety Guidance/Roles & Responsibilities for Research Projects
Student Research Project Risk Assessment
Staff Research Project Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment for General Activities and Machinery 
Guidance for Machinery and Equipment
Hazardous Substances (COSHH) Information for Staff 
Biological Safety Guidance
Research Hazard Checklist 
Travel Risk Calculator
Travel High Risk Assessment Form
Guidance on Risk Assessment for High-Risk Travel
Travel Safety and Risk Assessment Information for Research Projects
Personal Safety Guidance
Lone Working in the community 
Laser Safety Guidance
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Guidance
Radiation Safety Guidance

For information on safety and risk management contact 

GDPR & Data Protection

Research Data Management and Sharing Standard
Data Protection and Research for Staff Projects
Data Protection and Research for Student Projects
Data Protection Guidance for Obtaining and Managing Consent
Data Protection Legislation Definitions
Records Retention and Disposal (staff only)

For information on GDPR and Data Protection contact 

External Ethics

For applications that will be submitted to external ethics committees, please find the below guidance. It is likely your application will require a University Group Research Ethics Committee review before approval. If you have any queries please contact your ethics lead.

Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval
IRAS Support
IRAS e-learning module
Preparing and submitting applications for ethical review in IRAS
Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS); formerly NOMS
Research Passport Information
Research Passport Process and Application

If you are applying to HRA approval and require advice, please contact 

Additional Guidance
Sensitive Areas in Research Guidance
Ethical Considerations for Research with Children and Young People Guidance
DBS guidance
UUK Template