Research ethics

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London Metropolitan University is committed to ensuring the highest possible ethical standards in the research conducted by its staff and students. Staff and postgraduate research students must obtain ethics clearance before embarking upon research projects.

Upon completion, the Research Ethics Application (student) or Research Ethics Application (staff) should be submitted to the relevant School-based Research Ethics Review Panel (RERP) chair, listed below:

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity – Universities UK

Code of Practice for Research: Promoting Good Practice and Preventing Misconduct – UK Research Integrity Office 

National Research and Ethics Advisors' Panel

European Network of Research Ethics Committees – EUREC

Recommended Checklist for Researchers – UK Research Integrity Office

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics – UK Research and Innovation

What are Qualitative Research Ethics? – National Centre for Research Methods podcast

Ethics in Participatory Research – National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Social Media Research: A Guide to Ethics – L. Townsend, C. Wallace

Research Data Policy ­ – ESRC

The Centre of Medical Law and Ethics – King’s College London

Regulatory Support Centre - The Regulatory Support Centre (RSC) provides support and guidance for those conducting research with human participants, their tissues or data.

Oversight of security-sensitive research material in UK universities: guidance – Universities UK

Research data and confidentiality

This e-learning course explores the concepts of confidentiality and data protection. This is a complex field, but the course aims to provide you with the framework and tools to interpret the requirements for research with confidence. This module was developed by the MRC Regulatory Support Centre in consultation with the National Research Ethics Service, the Ethics and Confidentiality Committee and others.

Research and human tissue legislation

This e-learning module provides an overview of human tissue legislation in the UK; best practice and practical tips for compliance. This module was developed by the MRC Regulatory Support Centre in consultation with the Human Tissue Authority, National Research Ethics Service, Scottish Government and others.


This e-learning module leads you through the process of making an application using the Integrated Research Applications System (IRAS). This module was developed by the MRC Regulatory Support Centre on behalf of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and the IRAS Partners.

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