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 Form should be submitted to the relevant School-based Research Ethics Review Panel (RERP) chair, listed below:

  • School of Art, Architecture & Design - Dr Matthew Barac:
  • School of Computing & Digital Media - Dr Luke Tredinnick:
  • School of Human Sciences - Prof David McCarthy:
  • Psychology students should send their ethics forms to the Chair of the Ethics committee Dr Angela Loulopoulou:
  • School of Social Sciences - Prof Mark Wheeler:
  • School of Social Professions - Dr Rossana Perez-del-Aguila:
  • School of Business and Law - Eyob Mulat-Weldemeskel:

Association of Research Ethics Committees (AREC)

National Research Ethics Service

Ethics Research Information Catalogue

The Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King's College London

The Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University

Community-based participatory research: A guide to ethical practices and practices

What are Qualitative Research Ethics? Download podcasts

Regulatory Support Centre

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

Can a researcher legitimately process sensitive personal data for research purposes?

Sensitive personal data includes the following types of information about an identifiable living individual:

  • racial or ethnic origin
  • political opinions
  • religious beliefs
  • trade union membership
  • physical or mental health
  • sexual life
  • commission of offences or alleged offences

Such sensitive personal data can be used for research purposes, but only under certain circumstances.

ADLS full guidance note on this subject

Full range of ADLS guidance documents

The concept of 'personal information' in relation to anonymised data

The ADLS has released a guidance note on the concept of 'personal information' in relation to anonymised data. The document draws on the judgement in the 'abortion statistics' case (Department of Health v Information Commissioner) where a request to the Department for Health for a full statistical breakdown on the number of late term abortions carried out on prescribed grounds was declined on the grounds that publication would allow for public identification.

Download the guidance note

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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