Ethics Approval for your Research

The University Ethics Framework recognises and requires research to accord with the commonly accepted ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, confidentiality and integrity, other than in exceptional circumstances requiring approval from the Research Ethics Committee.

If your research involves one of the following, it will normally require ethical approval:

  • Research involving human participants or the use of material derived from human participants (this includes questionnaires and interviews).

  • Research involving the use of any personal data.

  • Research involving animals (this applies to all animals, including invertebrates, fish and other non-protected species, and includes behavioural and observation studies).

  • Research that has the potential to raise social issues or have any environmental impact.

All Ethics applications are made via the E-Ethics web-based system. This can be found at www.exeter.ac.uk/staff/ethicalapproval.

Ethical approval should be carried out prior to starting research.

If you have questions about the formal process of applying for E-Ethical approval please contact your research supervisor in first instance.